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Wage theft occurs when a worker is not paid what they are owed under the law or under an agreement made with their employer. Sometimes an employer’s nonpayment of wages may constitute criminal conduct and fall under the authority of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.

Before reaching out to our office, we encourage wage theft victims to send a demand letter to their employer asking for payment of the wages owed to them. This letter should be sent via certified mail with a return receipt requested and should include:

  • The worker’s full name
  • Dates worked for the employer
  • Where they worked for the employer
  • The type of work performed
  • The amount of wages owed
  • The dates worked for which they are still owed wages

Because many of these cases may involve legal violations that do not constitute a criminal offense, we encourage individuals who have experienced wage theft to also consider filing claims with the Texas Workforce Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, or to seek the advice of other private attorneys or legal services organizations that handle non-criminal employment cases.

If you would like to report a wage theft claim to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office for criminal investigation and prosecution, please fill out this form in English or Spanish.

You may send any additional materials or information regarding your claims to our office by email, mail, or fax to:

Travis County District Attorney’s Office
Public Integrity & Complex Crimes
PO Box 1748 Austin, TX 78767
[email protected]
Fax: 512-854-4810

TAX RATE: TRAVIS COUNTY ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR’S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 3.5 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $10.39.

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