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Employees say they are not being paid for Isaac relief work

People hired by a temporary staffing company to do Hurricane Isaac cleanup, say they are not getting paid. Employees say they have worked 12 to 16 hour days cleaning and gutting a New Orleans hotel, but have not seen a paycheck since they started. People hired by a temporary staffing company to do Hurricane Isaac cleanup, say they are not getting paid. Employees say they have worked 12 to 16 hour days cleaning and gutting a New Orleans hotel, but have not seen a paycheck since they started.
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Dozens of employees gathered outside the Command Center Thursday angry because they were promised to be paid but have not yet seen a dime.

Command Center is a national company which hires temporary workers, with offices in Gulfport and four in Louisiana. It's already employing 800 workers in storm cleanup jobs. The website promises "looking for work, get paid today."

"We are putting in 12, 14, 15 hours a day," Andrea Bradley said. "They said we would be paid on Wednesday. Wednesday came around, they said Thursday, now they are saying Friday. So really I don't know when I'm going to get paid."

Willie Summitt said, "I got a light bill, I got a 14 year old son."

A steady stream of folks saying the same thing stormed into the command center trying to find out when they will get their money. Workers were so overwhelmed, they posted "no loitering" signs on the windows and had to call police.

Officers talked with the Command Center Manager who said the reason no one has been paid yet is because the company is making sure it does not overpay or underpay anyone.

"They gave us a little debit card and said your money will be on there about 12 last night. No money," Marie Husband said.

"I think we are just getting a big, old run around," Paul Marrero said. "I seen them. They got the same cards for the bus drivers to get gas. They need to put $100 worth of diesel in the bus, did the thing, instantly a hundred dollars on the card."

Employees also say that checking the balance on the cards deducts money from their pay.

"If I give you work, you give me money and that's how it should be," Marrero said.

Many also say they had their cars towed for parking in the lot across the street and had to pay $200 to $300 to get it out of the impound, which they won't be reimbursed for.

Command Center Executive Vice President Ron Jumck told WLOX News everyone will be paid Friday evening.

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