Some money went missing at work. I was suspended pending an internal investigation. Whilst this investigation was taking place the company deducted the whole amount of £769.54 from my salary.Can I now sue for illegal deductions?
Province/Country relating to question: UK
Emails and letters requesting return of monies
Hi there when you say an amount was deducted from your pay was that the amount that went missing or was it your wages for the suspension period?
Part of my job is collecting cash from retail customers. I arrived back late so could not bank my takings. I left these in a folder in the managers office and they went missing
so the money that was deducted - was that the money that went missing?
From the question above, it states that the amount was taken from your salary hence my response above.
Yes, the amount deducted was the exact amount of the missing monies
My colleagues response is irrelevant. This isn't about not being paid whilst on suspension it's about having money deducted from your wages because the employer thinks you should be reposnsible for repaying money that's gone missing. The two are completely different. In your case you're protected against the deducions your employer has made from your pay because they can't make such deductions if they haven't got a specific clause in your contract that says they can do that, neither have you told them in writing that they can do that. This is called illegal deduction of wages and you can make a claim in the employment tribunal to try and recover it.
LLB (Hons), LPC
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