A subcontractor at the Royal Plaza Hotel, a Walt Disney World area hotel has been accused of not paying some of his employees. A manager has also reported that she is now being threatened by disgruntled workers. The employees said that they have spent three weeks gutting the Royal Plaza Hotel near Walt Disney World.
Channel 9 spoke with the subcontractor who gave a few excuses explaining why he has not paid up. April Staffine was hired by Dintext Inc., to put together a team to clear the Royal Plaza hotel. She stated that 24 workers were promised $350 a week, plus $175 if they worked on a Saturday. “We have seen none of this money, none at all,” Staffine said.
Laticia Nedd’s son is one of the workers who was hired. “They need their job, and they need their money. They did the work. Pay them. It’s plain and simple, just pay them,” Nedd said.
Dintext’s owner, Darryl Whitehead, claims that he paid some of the workers in cash, while other employees were given the hotel’s old furniture, from the beds to the tables. He said that arrangement was talked about ahead of time. Staffine claims that is not true.
In the meantime, Staffine said she has been getting threats from some of the workers she hired as they are furious that they have not received their money. “I was hired on as a supervisor. So they are looking up to me for their money, and I have nothing to tell them,” Staffine said.
Dintext was fired from the demolition job, but Whitehead claims it was because the workers Staffine hired did a poor job. Whitehead reported that he is trying to sell the hotel furniture in order to pay the workers.
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