In Wisconsin, employers can only deduct for loss, theft, damage, or faulty workmanship if the employee authorizes the deduction in writing after the incident happens and before any deductions are taken.
No employer may make any deduction from the wages earned by any employee for faulty workmanship, lost or stolen property, or damage to property, unless:
If an unauthorized deduction is made, the employer may be liable for twice the amount of the deduction.
No. An employer may not deny an employee the right to disagree with fault for the particular incident of loss.
No. A signature required for any other purpose (to endorse a check, to sign a time sheet) cannot serve the dual purpose of authorizing a deduction.
Section 103.455, Wisconsin Statutes, contemplates that an employee may voluntarily and without undue pressure, authorize in writing deductions from his paycheck for grounds stated therein. Where his signature is required for some legitimate purpose that cannot be used for other purposes where the employee will be denied his right of choice.