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It is illegal under NC law to deduct from an employee's paycheck because of damage to company property unless either (1) the employer has obtained the employee's consent for the deduction; or (2) the damage to property occurred as the result of an incident for which the employee has been arrested or a criminal process has been commenced.
As neither of these circumstances would apply based on the facts you have described, the deduction from pay would be illegal and you would be able to bring a wage claim to get the wages you earned. You may also be entitled to penalties.
See here to initiate the wage claim process. Note that you must wait 10 days after your last payday to file a wage claim based on failure to pay final wages.
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