A worker who missed a six-month window to file a payday claim with the Texas Workforce Commission can’t avail himself of the four-year statute of limitations on pursuing his claim in court. Saleh Igal, who alleges his company still owes him pay from his 2000 termination, is out of luck, according to the Texas Supreme Court.

Previously, the TWC had found that Igal waited too long to file his wage claim but added that he could pursue his case in court. Not so, the Supreme Court held on Dec. 7: The TWC decision blocks Igal from litigating his claim in court, despite TWC’s contention that Igal’s suit is not barred.