General chatter - Are there any lawyers out there?
02-02-2012, 08:20 PM
Hello... I was wondering if there were any lawyers here on our lovely board. I'm having a tough time with my employer paying my wages and I could really use some help understanding some of the labor laws, and how they may differ between the states (I'm in Texas, and a lot of people here seems to think that the laws differ from the Federal Laws, which I think is rubbish) and I might need some advice about how to file a complaint or finding a way to get the pay that I am due. I have all of my pay stubs.
I am not going to bore everyone with the details, but if you're a lawyer or know one who can help a broke kid try to get what they're owed, I would greatly appreciate any help. I can supply details in a private message.
02-02-2012, 08:43 PM
Well, I'm not a lawyer, but each state has a division that deals with labor law violations. For example, in Oregon, it's Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. I did a google search, and it looks like Texas is Texas Workforce Commission. Do a google search for Texas Labor Laws and see what you come up with. Then you can call them and ask some questions, however, I don't know if you can be anonymous or not, so be prepared to open a case, (or at least a headache), against the employer. They are there for you as the employee to use so you don't get taken advantage of. Good luck.
02-02-2012, 08:46 PM
You probably need to contact the State of Texas Workforce Commission and file a grievance.
02-02-2012, 08:46 PM
This is a good summary of the laws in Texas from the Texas Bar Association: http://www.texasbar.com/Content/NavigationMenu/ForThePublic/FreeLegalInformation/EmploymentLaw/EmployersGuidetoGeneralEmploymentLaw.pdf
The Texas Workforce Commission also offers these instructions on filing a wage claim:
02-02-2012, 10:05 PM
Thanks everyone! The links were helpful and I found a lot of information to back me up, thankfully!
I'm handing in my two weeks notice on Monday, and all of this information can really help me get my back-pay.
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