BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Employees at a new restaurant in Bay St. Louis were eager to get the operation underway, even helping to get the building ready for business.
Jarred Sherry and Rebecca Schermund say they went to work at Out of this World Restaurant on Highway 90 in Bay St. Louis in August.
"I came up here and got hired as the cook and they hired me as the cook making $12 an hour. I was working probably 15 to 20 hours a day," said Sherry.
Schermund says she served as the manager and put in long hours, but after two weeks, the restaurant was out of business — and she never received a paycheck.
"Worked here, worked hard, about 127 hours for almost two weeks of work and can't get my check now, "stated Schermund. "I just want to be paid. That's all."
Sherry says he contacted the people who hired her, owners Ronald Selkowitz and his daughter Tammy.
Sherry said, "They told me I kissed my check good-bye. They wouldn't pay me," Sherry added.
WLOX News reached out to Tammy and Ronald for a comment, but neither responded.
Now, the former employees have an attorney who sent a letter demanding payment. The letter reads in part, "The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law that requires employers to pay employees time and one half for working more than 8 hours in a day and or more than 40 hours in one week."
So far there's been no response.
"I feel like somebody stole from me," said Sherry. "I mean, I've got a stepchild who's got diabetes. I can't afford to buy her medication, everything she needs."
Sherry also contacted the Labor Board and the Wage and Hour Board, but says he were told the only thing they could do was to help him apply for unemployment.