Can I sue or file charges against former employer for deducting my hours without my knowledge?

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Can I sue or file charges against former employer for deducting my hours without my knowledge?

I was recently terminated from my job of 2 years after falsely being accused of manipulating my

time card, which I was not aware of until 2 weeks later after receiving my paycheck stub. I tried contacting the owner of the company on multiple occasions once I realized my hours had been doc,

a couple weeks later I finally get in touch with the owner and that’s when he told me that he was

letting me go. He never mentioned or got back with me on my concerns of my hours being deducted without my knowledge. I feel I was retaliated against by being fired because i simply did not let the

issue go. Please tell me what legal action I can take, if any.

Asked on December 7, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

1) Assuming you were an hourly employee, under the law (e.g. the Fair Labor Standards Act or FLSA) your employer must keep accurate time records and must pay you for all hours you actually worked (and overtime, when working more then 40 hours in  week). If you were not paid for all hours worked, you could sue and/or file a labor department complaint.
2) It is illegal to  fire an employee for looking to enforce his legal rights (such as to being paid for all hours), so again you could sue and/or file a labor department complaint.
A good way to begin would by contacting the state and/or federal department of labor: if they help you, their help is free. You always later retain a private attorney if the agency advises you that would e a bette way to go.


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