You are likely an employee, at least under the tests espoused by the Texas Workforce Commission and the Internal Revenue Service. You can review those tests at the following web links:
Texas Workforce Commission Test for independent contractor:
Internal Revenue Service test for independent contractor:
Texas is an employment at will state. That means that an employer can fire for any reason or no reason at all, just not an illegal reason (such as for filing a worker's compensation claim).
Texas has a Payday Law that requires employers to pay employees. You can review a summary of the law at the Texas Workforce Commission's web site. The link is:
Texas Payday Law summary:
If the money is enough, you may consider retaining an employment attorney to help you collect the back pay and tax contributions.
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