Employees of closed Wichita business complain of pay delay

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WICHITA, Kan. -- A business that provides residential and adult day services for people with disabilities has gone out of business. And now former employees of the company are complaining they didn't get paid when the company shut down.

House of Hope is located at 2400 South Greenwich in southeast Wichita. Some employees say they found out they were out of a job just a week before the company shut down.

Some said they weren't paid. Others say they received half a paycheck. We found the building with a "now hiring" sign out front locked up tight this morning with a sign on the door that said "paychecks will be handed out at 3 p.m. today" on Monday.

Employee Billie Jenkins said the pay delay meant no turkey on Thanksgiving for her two kids. "So we really didn't do anything for Thanksgiving. I mean I couldn't do anything," Jenkins said.

Jackie Quintanilla said she feels sorry for the clients she helped who were sent to other programs.

"They have special needs for a reason and they way they were going about stuff there at the end. It's not fair," she said.

Late Monday afternoon the owner of the company told KAKE News that employees are paid bi-weekly and provided payroll schedules. When employees showed up at 3 p.m. Monday they were told their paychecks would be direct deposited into their accounts. The owner told KAKE she knew nothing about the sign on the front door and referred all other questions to her attorney.

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