Surprising Things the U.S. Government Knows About You

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History of garnished wages

According to the Department of Labor, “Wage garnishment is a legal procedure in which a person’s earnings are required by court order to be withheld by an employer for the payment of a debt such as a child support.”

The keywords here are “court order,” which essentially makes your private business available to anyone or any agency searching the public record.

Information about garnishment would also be tracked by the major credit bureaus, which are overseen by the Federal Trade Commission and share their info with government agencies.

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