If my previous job is denying me the week back payI am owed, what canI do?

I was fired and they are not going to give me the1e weeks back pay they owe me. I worked it and want to know how to get it in the best way?

Asked on August 30, 2011 Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Texas payday laws require employers to pay employees the amounts they are due by their regularly scheduled paydays.  The only time they can withhold funds from a check is when you have given consent for them to do so (like to pay for meals you ate on the job) or they have a court order (for example, child support withholding).  An easy first step is to file a complaint with the Texas Workforce Commission.  They have a website that can direct you to a location near you if you want to visit with someone in person.  This is a good starting option since it's free.  Another option, is to see if you can hire an attorney for a nominal fee to send a simple demand letter.  Many employers tend to pony-up once they get a letter explaining the law and the error or their ways.


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