DJ has to go weeks without pay from the Brownsville store
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) – A Brownsville bar and grill are in the kennel as a contract worker claims she and others are not being paid for their work.
“I am ready to tell my story and everyone else’s. Whoever is willing to listen,” said Tisha Turner, former resident DJ at the Dog House Pub & Grill in Brownsville.
She said she has been under contract to work at the Dog House Pub & Grill since 2022 and is now struggling with not being paid for her DJ service.
Turner is frustrated and awaits answers and their reward.
“$700 and please note that no one has contacted me with an update. No one told me when I would get paid,” Turber said.
She said the $700 wages were due three weeks ago.
Turner said she didn’t get much help by contacting company officials.
“Broken promises only, we’ll get back to you, update, ban, stop responding,” she said.
ValleyCentral’s Adam Cardona reached out to Rafael Pizaña, one of the people Turner said she tried to speak to about payment.
Pizaña did not claim to own the place, but posed as a representative of the Dog House Pub & Grill.
“The DJ who wasn’t paid left his shift, but the situation is being rectified,” Pizaña said.
Pizaña admitted the DJ wasn’t paid but said she left, an allegation Turner denies.
Turner said there were 13 others who were dealing with payment issues.
“As far as I know, there are no open wage and salary problems. We were always there for anyone who wanted to come to us. “This is a vengeful DJ angry at the situation, but that’s all, that’s all I really have to say,” Pizaña said.
“If you are an independent contractor, you need the assistance of a lawyer. You can also file a fraudulent business practice lawsuit with the Texas Attorney General’s office,” said Attorney Ricardo Barrera.
He said hourly workers who are having payroll issues should file a lawsuit with the Texas Workforce Commission online.
“You’re mandated by our taxpayer dollars and our leadership to get the job done and make sure you get paid,” Barrera said.
Turner said she will continue trying to get paid for now and not give up.
“It’s very frustrating, but you know what, I’m strong. I’m not going to let this go without a fight and it’s not just affecting me. It’s for everyone that they were wrong because that’s ridiculous,” she said.