Q: Can an employer pay 50% below what was agreed over emails for a three weeks trial as private chef ?
I was hired in Austin, Texas for a two weeks trial/internship for a private chef position. I sent the cost per hour of my services via email. At the end of the second week I was requested to stay for a third week which I did. I then was asked to submit a report with the hours worked for those three weeks. I did. I received the payment and without negotiating with me I got paid 50% of what was agreed over emails. No explanation. No answer. Can they do that?
A: Additional information is needed to determine if you have a wage and hour law violation. It sounds like you may have a contractual or quasi-contractual claim as well. You should reach out to an attorney in your area to discuss the details of your situation and your potential claims.
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