Can I obtain my employee folder from former employer?

I worked 10 years straight for a company and I was a dedicated worker who learned every position in the kitchen starting from dishwasher. Yet, I never made over $9 an hour.

Asked on October 22, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Texas


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No federal law grants employees the right to inspect their personnel files. However, many states do give employees such rights and the terms under which workers are allowed to inspect those files. In TX, unfortunately for you, with a private sector business there is no law that requires a private company to let employees see their file (although public sector employees may review their files). Therefore, assuming that you worked in the private sector, you will need to check your employer's internal policy on personnel file review for the correct procedure and a list of your rights. Also, if you had an employment contract or union agreement, you should check that as well.

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