Legal Question in Business Law in Washington


Can an employer hold your last paycheck for any reason?

Asked on 4/21/08, 2:25 pm

3 Answers from Attorneys

Ryan Nute Myers & Company, P.L.L.C.

Re: Employment

A statute in Washington provides that wages must be paid when due and that double damages are available where wages are wilfully withheld.


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Answered on 4/21/08, 2:28 pm

Howard Morrill Gordon Thomas Honeywell

Re: Employment

It's usually viewed as kind of risky. You'd need to give your attorney more of the facts.

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Answered on 4/21/08, 2:31 pm
Susan Beecher Susan L. Beecher, Atty at Law

Re: Employment

Your employer can hold your paycheck until the next regular payday. In other words, you do not need to be paid any earlier than you otherwise would.

If the employer claims that an employee stole from the company during the final pay period, the employer can withhold up to the value of what was stolen but provided only that the amount paid to the employee must at least meet minimum wage.

If your employer is improperly holding your final paycheck, the Department of Labor & Industries may be able to help you with that.

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Answered on 4/21/08, 2:34 pm

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