Employer Late Paying Home Health Workers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Several healthcare employees say they were forced to pay their bills late because they employer was late paying them. The employees told FOX 4 that the problem has been going on for several months.

FOX 4 talked to two workers in person and a third person by phone. They say they worked at After Care Assisted Living in Kansas City. The job has been rough on their pockets. Particularly because they didn't know when to expect their next checks.

"It has been a nice place to work for," said one former employee. "A very nice place."

The woman said she was fired after an altercation with the companies CEO over constantly late paychecks.

"He didn't try to talk to us about our money," the woman said. "It's like we're wrong for asking about anything we want. It's ours. We worked for it. Why can you at least tell us something?"

FOX 4 heard the same thing from a current employee of the home health care business who didn't want to be identified.

"I love my clients and I love doing my job," the employee said. "We're not getting paid."

One employee provided FOX 4 with a pay stub with a payout date showing June 5. The employees weren't actually paid until June 8.

"Either you're getting cut off  or something, or you have another late fee added on top of the bill that you already owe," the employee said.

FOX 4 paid Kansas City's Home Health Care and After Care Assisted Living a visit. Someone at the business said the CEO was not there at the time, but we made contact with the CEO by phone. He admits the recent paychecks were late.

He insists this has been the first time in 10 years he's ever been late paying employees. The workers dispute that. They says the business gets Medicare and Medicaid money which is why they feel their checks should never be late.

The company's CEO, Charles Johnson declined a request for an on camera interview on Friday.

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