CALIFORNIA STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION V. STATE OF CALIFORNIA
(1998) 198 Cal.App 374
Mueller convinced the California Court of Appeal to prohibit any employer from making unilateral, unauthorized deductions from any employee's paycheck. Previously, and without comment to the employee, employers simply deducted from the employee's paycheck any money the employer claimed he was owed, such as for an alleged wage overpayment from the past or for alleged damage to equipment. Now, employees get fully paid while their employers must proceed in the same fashion as any other creditor, either by reaching an agreement with the employee or through judicial trial and wage garnishment procedures.