Former employees wait for final check from closing St. Louis company

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by Julian Johnson / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 11:00 PM

(KMOV) -- A local employer said they have no time frame to pay workers severance pay after budget cuts forced the company to close.

ConnectCare worked to insure low income and uninsured patients in the St. Louis area but they are now accused of not paying their workers.

“I expected to get $1,732.12 that what it comes out to and I got nothing,” said John Johnson. He has served as the bus driver for the company for 14 months.

After major budget cuts, the company was forced to lay off hundreds at the end of October.

They were paid for time worked and were told they would receive severance pay and money for time-off earned but they are still waiting.

“The look on some of their faces just like the look on my face was just like what,” said Mike Miller. He is one of many waiting to get thousands in cash he said he’s owed.

A statement released by ConnectCare said in part, “The company advised the employees that severance pay and payment of earned time off would not be made pending a calculation of assets and liabilities."

The company will be completely shut down on Friday, leaving their former employees possibly without a final paycheck. 

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