The week of Thanksgiving, several employees at two hotels owned by the Roberts Brothers say they are without paychecks. An employee called News 4 Tuesday afternoon, saying some fellow employees were going without medication, or wouldn't be able to afford Thanksgiving meals because their most recent paychecks are several days late.
We went to two hotels to talk to employees. Two, contacted by phone, who work at the Comfort Inn on Lindell Boulevard in the Central West End say they were supposed to be paid November 15th. By November 22nd, there were still no checks. They say it's happened nearly every pay period for the last several months.
Two other employees at the Mayfair downtown gave a similar story. One employee, when approached, said he didn't want to give detail - but he couldn't say he was paid on-time. Another employee, off camera, said he doesn't remember ever getting paid on time in the six or seven months he's worked for the company.
All say they fear going public with their complaints because they worry about losing their jobs.
"I don't want to lose my job. At least I'm getting a check. Yeah, it's not on time. It runs a week to two weeks late, but we do get it. But, it's difficult to find work," said an employee.
Complaints to the state don't yield many results, according to an employee.
The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations says the Roberts Brothers don't have any violations. The state can fine a company for paying employees 16 days late (if those employees are paid semi-monthly).
When asked, the employees News 4 spoke to said they are always paid before the 16 days.
This week, they say they're struggling with the holidays coming up.
"I have some friends of mine who can't go out of town because they don't have any money. They can't put food on the tables for their families for Thanksgiving."
A call to the Roberts Brothers office was not returned on Tuesday afternoon. News 4 went to the office on North Kingshighway, but the front doors were locked. A receptionist said the company would not comment. She refused to take a message. News 4 saw her hide under a desk when she saw a news camera through the glass doors.
As of Tuesday night, it's unclear why the checks are late and when employees will be paid.