Administrative Wage Garnishment Complaint Against Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

On April 30, Elizabeth Barber, a home health aide who cares for patients with disabilities throughout the coronavirus pandemic, sued Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for unlawfully garnishing her wages in violation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act). 

This lawsuit, supported by the SBPC and filed by Student Defense and National Consumer Law Center, seeks to end unlawful wage garnishment by Secretary DeVos and the Trump Administration for Ms. Barber and hundreds of thousands of other borrowers in her situation, and to return the money illegally seized from these borrowers’ paychecks. This case was filed in federal district court for the District of Columbia and asks the court to halt unlawful garnishments for all affected student loan borrowers and to return all wages unlawfully seized by Secretary DeVos and the Trump Administration.

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