Legal Question in Employment Law in Minnesota

My employer garnished my enitre last paycheck stating I owed him for a professional conference I attended. I did sign a contract stating I would agree to payroll deductions if I did not hold an informative meeting with my fellow employees informing them of the conference content within 3 months of return. I was terminated 9 months later for other reasons however there was no discussion of deductions or the garnishment would take place.. It is my understanding even with permission or judgement it is a federal law that a paycheck cannot be garnished below minimum wage in the state of MN the law as I understand it states no garnishment can be more than 25% of my paycheck. Can I sue my employer for my wages?

Asked on 9/18/13, 9:47 am

1 Answer from Attorneys

Tricia Dwyer Tricia Dwyer Esq & Assoc PLLC

Hello. I suggest you view the excellent materials at the Minnesota Department of Labor website and then contact a private attorney, as appropriate to your issues, at that point. You are welcome to contact me. Know that generally: Some attorneys are available seven days for emergency legal needs. Many attorneys will speak initially at no charge. Then, if legal work is performed, some attorneys will provide a reduced fee for financial hardship. Some attorneys may also assist you in a limited scope manner to conserve legal costs. All the best.


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Answered on 9/18/13, 12:46 pm

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