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Thank you very much for your patience. Generally, it is against the law for an employer to take anything out of an employee’s check that the employee did not already agree to or if it is not something that is required like state and federal taxes. Additionally, two parties to a contract, such as an employer and an employee, are required to work together in good faith. Accordingly, if the other party made a mistake such that they mistakenly took out less than they were supposed to, and then decided to take out more than they were supposed to later on, this could be a breach of contract by the employer. Your wife may want to consider filing a wage complaint against the employer to recover the money that she was supposed to get. You may be able to recover the damages for any bounced checks or late payments that you had to deal with.
You may also want to consider just writing a formal demand letter. There’s a site that I’ve used in the past where you can find a good template for a demand letter (click here). It only costs $10 and it is way cheaper than litigation.
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