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What happened to the original contract of employment? Did it lapse, etc?
That would be my assumption too and therefore they appear to be in breach of contract. I think that you have a fairly strong argument that their paying you "negatively" is a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act as well.
Of course, if you sue them they are going to find a reason to fire you and in Texas they can probably get away with that since it is an extremely pro-employer state.