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Workers Say They Were Sacked Over Complaints About Not Getting Paid

Posted December 4, 2007
Updated December 5, 2007

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— At least six former employees of a Fayetteville business say they went for several weeks without being paid before they were fired.

Victoria Wells said when she confronted her boss at Express Satellite Services on Cliffdale Road about not getting paid – she was fired.

Jennifer Badger said owner Raymond Jett owes her about $2,000 in pay.

"I have a son. He hasn't had a Thanksgiving, and he's not going to have a Christmas. I don't know what to do,” Badger said.

WRAL's Bryan Mims tried to confront Jett, but he refused to say anything on camera Tuesday. He did say six employees were fired because they, "did some stuff they weren't supposed to, like falsifying time sheets."

The owner is also accused of not paying rent on the Express Satellite Service building since it opened in August.

"Day one, he wrote us a bad check – insufficient funds," property manager Charlie Reck said.

Reck works for property owner W.C. Jones. He said an eviction notice is expected to be delivered to Jett.

"He's in arrears of his rent for over four months, and this will be the fifth month. It's just one excuse after another," Reck said.

Jett allowed WRAL to speak with a current employee who defended him.

"I have never had any problem with Mr. Jett as far as pay goes. He's good for the money. I've got the greatest amount of faith in Mr. Jett," said employee Duey Butler.

"I'm upset because there's not just me, there are other mothers that work for him. Single parents that are being evicted, losing their cars, losing their homes because of him," said fired employee Victoria Wells.

No complaints have been filed with the Better Business Bureau against Express Satellite Services.

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  • finesse187 Dec 5, 2007

    I think it is sad what happened to these young ladies. I'm defintely not blaming them but why did they continue to wait so long to get paid.
    If the owner did these things then shame on him and I hope what he had done weighs on his conscience until he does right by these young ladies.

  • TheAdmiral Dec 5, 2007

    The satellite store was a front.

    If he is in arrears get a judgement.

  • Adelinthe Dec 5, 2007

    "This is the line that interests me - "did some stuff they weren't supposed to, like falsifying time sheets."

    If they truly did falsify their time sheets - they SHOULD be fired, and SHOULD NOT get paid. However, thats probably just an excuse he is using."

    I don't think his excuses would hold up in court because - if they were truly falsifying time sheets, he would (or should) have fired them sooner, not after 6 weeks of not paying them.

    Praying they get a lawyer and a good one, but in truth, this guy probably doesn't have a dime anyway.

    Praying for them.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • beauty comes from within Dec 5, 2007

    Why would anyone continue to work for someone without pay?

  • CestLaVie Dec 5, 2007

    "It is all well and good to offer advice, but the system is stacked against the employee. Many of you think that you just walk into the ESC and make a request for unemployment and boom you get a check - not hardly."

    seankelly15: I KNOW you don't just "walk into the ESC and make a request for unemployment and boom you get a check". My advice is mainly to AT LEAST TRY to get somewhere with these grievances. The same applies with Dept. of Labor.

    It would add insult to injury to take this kind of junk from this business owner/employer, and then do nothing about it. Many would do just that. These people need to get MAD & fight for their rights, even though, I agree, the system is stacked against them in many ways.

  • blackdog Dec 5, 2007

    ...does anybody else wonder if Duey is dealin coke ?.....

  • seankelly15 Dec 5, 2007

    whatusay - this is not a criminal case - going to the police will only get a response that it is a civil matter.

    These employees were 'fired' - they can apply for unemployment, but the owner can take his sweet time answering the application. They will be lucky to receive an adjudication within 6 - 8 weeks; then they would have to appeal the ESC ruling based on the employers claim that they were 'fired'. It is all well and good to offer advice, but the system is stacked against the employee. Many of you think that you just walk into the ESC and make a request for unemployment and boom you get a check - not hardly.

  • PlanetX Dec 5, 2007

    Get together and get a lawyer - he's got money somewhere and you're entitled to it.

  • ltbarkley Dec 5, 2007

    This is the line that interests me - "did some stuff they weren't supposed to, like falsifying time sheets."

    If they truly did falsify their time sheets - they SHOULD be fired, and SHOULD NOT get paid. However, thats probably just an excuse he is using. Remember - we dont have the whole story, and we will not get the whole story from either side.

  • brassy Dec 5, 2007

    "I have never had any problem with Mr. Jett as far as pay goes. He's good for the money. I've got the greatest amount of faith in Mr. Jett," said employee Duey Butler.

    Evidently, he hasn't gotten the memo about his employer's eviction.

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