Employers risk liability if they fail to follow wage garnishment processes

Jennifer Heald Castillo, an attorney with Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C., discusses wage garnishment orders to employers.
Oklahoman Modified: February 4, 2014 at 10:00 am •  Published: February 3, 2014
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Q: How long are wage garnishments in effect?

A: Wage garnishments are in effect until the debt owed by the employee is paid in full, or the expiration of 180 days from the date the wage garnishment was filed with the court.

Q: Is there any potential liability for employers?

A: Yes. Oklahoma law permits creditors to obtain judgments in the amount owed by the employee, plus attorney's fees and costs, against employers who fail to follow the process described above.

Q: Are there any restrictions on job termination of an employee due to wage garnishment?

A: Yes. Under Oklahoma law, an employer can't terminate an employee unless the employee has more than two wage garnishments in a year.

PAULA BURKES, BUSINESS WRITER


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