Situation in which an employer is instructed by a court to withhold some or all of an employee's wages to pay off the settlement of a lawsuit which that employee lost.

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The lady was surprised to find out that the person garnishing the subpoena was somebody she had known from her childhood days.

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Although he was an exemplary employee, the company's management had no choice but to begin garnishing his wages after the court decision.

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If you owe child support, have lost a lawsuit, or agreed to pay out a settlement, the court may agree to garnishing -- having your employer withhold wages to ensure payment of the debt or settlement.

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