Workers are often mistreated in Texas. Our state offers fewer protections than others, and many laws that do exist are not consistently enforced.

Wages: “Wage Theft” refers instances in which a worker is not paid what he or she was promised, and/or legally required minimum wage or overtime. Across the country, workers are cheated out of roughly $50 billion a year. This impacts families — making it difficult or impossible to pay rent, buy food, and get medical care.

Injury: Texas is the only state that does not require employers to carry workers compensation. This terribly impacts many workers and families — in construction alone, 20% of workers have been injured on the job.

Jobs: Austin’s middle class shrank from 2000 to 2012, and poverty rose. This won’t change unless Austin commits itself to creating quality jobs and providing quality education.

The Austin Lawyers Guild is committed to justice for workers.