Thanks for the information here.You are correct that unless there is court judgment and order of withholding here you are not legally obligated to withhold this.Here is the law in California for reference.
An employer can lawfully withhold amounts from an employee’s wages only: (1) when required or empowered to do so by state or federal law, or (2) when a deduction is expressly authorized in writing by the employee to cover insurance premiums
, benefit plan contributions or other deductions not amounting to a rebate on the employee’s wages, or (3) when a deduction to cover health, welfare, or pension contributions is expressly authorized by a wage or collective bargaining agreement
. Labor Code Sections 221 and 224
. Although a wage garnishment is a lawful deduction from wages under Labor Code section 224, an employer cannot discharge an employee because a garnishment of wages has been threatened or if the employee’s wages have been subjected to a garnishment for the payment of one judgment.
You are correct here that they are trying to fool you into garnishing this.The proper response here on your part is to return it to them asking if they have such judgment and court order of garnishment otherwise you have no authority to do so.In fact you might be liable for wrongful garnishment if you did so.
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