Many callers want to know about miscellaneous deductions from a paycheck. Auto repair shops deduct for lost tools, long haul truck companies deduct for uniforms, everyone deducts for something. Often, these employers deduct the wrong things in the wrong way. Under the Texas Payday Statute, an employer can only deduct only what the law allows (such as income tax deductions) and what the employee agrees in writing.
Of course, the penalty is weak: $1,000 fine or the amount of the deduction, whichever is less. But, still, the law is clear. Report any violations to the Texas Workforce Commission. TWC may not do much. But, even if all they do is send a letter finding the employer at fault, that can be helpful.