Fired Employee Owes Company Money

dollar-653241_1280Q. I fired an employee for violating company rules, one of which resulted in the employee owing the company money.  I withheld the employee’s last paycheck until the money is paid back.  Now the employee has gotten a lawyer and is threatening to sue to get the paycheck.  Do I have to give the employee the paycheck with no guarantee that I will ever get the money back?

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