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My son was employed by Pet Smart as a part time early morning stocker, he worked for a period of 3 weeks since he came home for the summer but never got paid. I had asked him if he had done any new hire paperwork but none was ever given to me he was told he had not worked enough days to fill one out. I had my son also call the corporate office and ask about his checks but he was told that they had no record of him being employed with Pet Smart and since no hire paperwork was done on him there is no way that he would be able to get paid. Now my question is first of all is this even legal- I know that the owed wages is minimal and makes me wonder how many more kids have they done this to?
Asked on May 29, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Texas
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 5 years ago | Contributor
No, it's not legal: if he worked, he must be paid. Probably the most straightforward and economical way for hm to get his wages would be for him (or for you, as his parent/legal guardian, if he is minor) to file a small claims lawsuit against the store, seeking his unpaid wages. Small claims cases are inexpensive to file, so long as you don't use an attorney, and move quickly. You could also contact the state department of labor: they help with many wage claims, but this might not be one that will help with--still, nothing lost by a phone call.
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