Important steps to take if you think you have a wage dispute claim.
Steps to protect your minimum wage claim:
Know the minimum wage in your state.
The current minimum wage in the U.S. is $7.25/hour in Texas. The law requires your employer to pay you a minimum wage. This is the law if you are paid by the hour or paid a salary. If you are a tipped employee, your hourly rate plus tips must average at least $7.25/hour.
Contact an minimum wage attorney first.
It is best to contact and attorney to discuss your options. A good attorney will be able to give you advice on how to proceed to maximize the recovery of your unpaid wages from your employer.
Gather documents and information for your minimum wage attorney.
Print emails, save check stubs, take photos of signs and notices posted by your employer for you to see. Make a note of your start date, pay rates and any changes. Get copies of company procedures and how they may have changed over time. Your attorney will need this information to better evaluate your claim.