“My husband gassed up my car early this morning. At noon, he filled car’s tank. The price, per gallon, at the Shell station on FM 1960 West, in the Champions area, was raised 14 CENTS from this morning to this afternoon! This is simply robbery and should not be allowed to happen!!”
We have received several emails and calls about suspected price gouging. If you believe you were charged excessively for items like gas, food, generators or drinking water, you should first try and talk with employees of the business. If that doesn’t get you anywhere, save your receipts and file complaints with the two following agencies:
Texas AG’s Office
Harris County Attorney’s Office
In a news conference broadcast live today on KPRC, Harris County Attorney Mike Stafford said to businesses who are charging excessive prices for necessities, “Your actions will not go unnoticed and they won’t go unpunished.”
Price gouging is punishable by a civil penalty of $20,000 per incident. If the victim is 65 or older, each incident can cost the business $250,000.
My daughter is a repair tech for COMCAST and has been told it is mandatory for her to work tomorrow-bring extra clothes-ice chest and food. If there is no electricity how can she repair anyones cable? What happens if she doen’t work after being told it is mandatory?
Luby’s- I called the restaurant due to my mother working there and she may be one to be in mandatory evacuation, the manager said they are open for business and even if employees were in evacuation zones, they had to work they were open for business. That is putting these employees in danger.
I’m curious::Mandatory evacuation, so my job is closed friday 9/12/08. We have to use vacation or personal time. Is that fair? What if you have neither? If they were open I’d come to work. They decided to close because in reality it is mandatory and rather safe than sorry– so why can’t they compensate??
I called the Texas Workforce Commission to get answers to all of the above questions. A spokesperson with the Commission responded with this statement:
Chapter 22 of the Texas Labor Code provides that an employer may not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against an employee who leaves the employee’s place of employment to participate in a general public evacuation ordered under an emergency evacuation order. Employers who violate this restriction are liable for any loss of wages or employer-provided benefits caused by the violation, and have to reinstate the employee to the same or equivalent position of employment. The chapter does contain an exception to the prohibition in the case of emergency services personnel and those who are necessary to provide for the safety and well-being of the general public.
For specific questions about pay and time worked or not worked, call the Ombudsman with the Texas Workforce Commission. Her name is Susan Hammack. She can be reached at (512) 936-0734.
Stay safe out there!