There are very few deductions allowed from an employee’s wage in Massachusetts (other than those required by law). They include things like lodging and meals (although very limited in both cases), lost merchandise, lost tools, short cash, purchased products, etc. – each of which is conditioned upon certain circumstances. If your employer is deducting your wages for any other reason, then you probably have grounds to claim against them under the Wage Act.
Some unlawful payroll deductions often made by employers include:
Losses, shortages and breakages, such as loss from a cash register, or loss or damage to an employer’s goods, machinery, or tools;
Uniforms, without obtaining a Uniform Deposit Waiver;
Safety equipment/protective clothing;
Photographs of applicant or employee;
Business expenses; and
There are special rules for deductions related to meals and lodging.
If you believe your employer has made improper deductions from your paycheck, contact us today.
This information is not a do-it-yourself guide to resolving employment disputes or handling employment litigation. While some may find this useful for understanding the basic issues and their legal context, it is NOT a substitute for experienced legal counsel and does not provide legal advice. Please contact the team at Gordon Law Group to discuss your specific case.