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    I work for an inspections company/laboratory in Houston, TX. My boss, the company owner, has recently been refusing to pay employees for not checking in on time, leaving samples dirty, etc. Earlier today he sent out a company email stating what infarctions will keep you from receiving pay for that day. I did some searching and found Chapter 61.019 in the Texas Labor Code stating that this is illegal. The owner was informed by the secretary that his business practices are unlawful yet he continues to withhold pay. Who do I contact with this grievance and how can it be resolved? I can forward this email to anyone that may need to see it to determine the next course of action.

  • #2
    Read a little further

    After you've read Section 61.019 of the Texas Payday Law, keep going to Subchapter D of the same law (Sec. 61.051), titled Wage Claims.

    That Section outlines the steps to be taken by an employee who is not paid wages as prescribed by this chapter. It also describes the process, provides for penalties for bad faith, provides for appeal procedures to TWC determinations, and establishes the basis for enforcement of orders.

    You can also find a lot of information on TWC's website: The form required to file is at:


    • #3
      I live in Houston and can probably help.

      Please contact me by clicking my user name. I know people in Houston that specialize in this arena.


      • #4
        Sorry, but direct referrals are against the rules of this board.
        The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.


        • #5
          my apologies.


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