Instant Insiders: Hermine Workers Claim Weeks with No Pay

Relief Effort Workers Say They Weren't Paid After Hurricane Hermine
Posted at 7:08 PM, Oct 11, 2016
and last updated 2017-12-13 05:24:01-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Several people hired to help with relief efforts from Hurricane Hermine are frustrated, claiming they haven't been paid for weeks.

Krystal Collier just wants her money. She's commuted from Donalsonville to Tallahassee, working up to 15 hours a day to monitor debris clean up from Hermine.

"They had a bunch of ads. A lot of folks were coming over here and getting hired," Collier said. "'This was such a good job. They make good money.'"

Pensacola-based Performance Personnel Services (PPS) hired Collier and several others. Employees said PPS promised them a paycheck every week, but most never got them.

Temp worker Justin Durham said, "I feel like I've been lied to. I've worked a lot of hours, and it was zero compensation in return."

"That's very, very frustrating, because I'm looking forward to that money to keep me going for the next week, so if they don't pay me, how am I supposed to work?"said temp worker Shahkerria Woodard.

A PPS representative tells WTXL that payment has been delayed for several reasons, including issues with processing paperwork and finding errors on timesheets.

However, workers said the explanations make no sense, and many have quit.

"No gas, no food, no nothing," said temp worker Nichole Lewis. "They don't care. They do not care at all. We're just out here working for free."

PPS tells WTXL that its workers will be paid by the end of the week, with all of the wages they're owed.

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