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Beerland, Texas employees say they've dealt with bounced paychecks since SXSW

An anonymous Facebook post claiming to be from employees of Beerland calls for boycotting the club, which was recently sold to a new, unknown owner.

AUSTIN, Texas — Workers at the popular downtown hangout, Beerland, Texas, say they've been dealing with bounced paychecks for months since SXSW. 

An anonymous Facebook post claiming to be from employees of Beerland says, "For months we've been working solely on the vague promise that we'll get paid for our labor and have no idea when/if we're going to get reimbursed for the hours we work."

Credit: Luis de Leon
Anonymous Facebook post claiming to be employees of Beerland in Austin.

It also says the employees sent a letter to the current owner of Beerland, Richard Lynn, calling for "a general strike until all back wages have been paid, including bookers, door staff, bartenders and managers." 

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They also say less than 24 hours after the strike letter was sent, they found out through another news article Beerland had been sold to an unknown business entity. 

On Beerland's Facebook page, a post says the business has been sold and it will remain open during the transition to new ownership. 

It also says, "Thank you to all of the customers and bands that helped provide so many exciting and wonderful moments during the year and a half or so that we have owned the club since purchasing it from Randall and Donya Stockton."

KVUE hasn't been able to get in touch with the employees of Beerland as of Tuesday night. KVUE also reached out to the now former owner of Beerland, who also has not responded. 

As far as which entity purchased the venue, that hasn't been made public. 

The Texas Workforce Commission says it encourages any Texas worker who feels they have not been paid for working to contact the organization and file a wage claim. For instructions on how to do that, click here.


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