Crowne Plaza not paying employees again

Courtesy photo of Crowne Plaza hotel.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Brian Janissee and his family live paycheck to paycheck. When they don’t get paid on time that means they can’t pay their bills on time.

Janissee works as a server at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cascade Township. He was supposed to get paid on the 5th of February. As of Saturday night he still had not been paid by his employer.

“We had the late paycheck at Christmas then the next paycheck two weeks later was on time. Then this is the next paycheck and its late again,” said Janissee.

After not getting paid he had to rely on help from a friend to help him pay some of his bills.

“We hate asking people to borrow money obviously. It was the only option other than letting everything crash. We have survived this one, so far.”

This is the second time in as many months employees have not been paid on time from the hotel. Last time was just before Christmas.

24 Hour News 8 uncovered court documents out of California that shows six hotel employees sued San Diego based Chhatrala Group, which owns several hotels in California and the Crowne Plaza in Cascade Township.

Employees claimed they were forced to work overtime and then were not paid for their work. They also claimed they were not paid on time. The lawsuit was settled out of court at the beginning of 2014.

But the companies financial issues do not stop there. According to the Daily Press in Victorville, California, the Chhatrala Group currently owes more than $360,000 in occupancy taxes in the state of California.

“The people who own this company I’m sure they’re not struggling I’m sure they’re not starving. I’m sure they’re not worrying about how they’re going to feed their child or take care of their child or get their child to school or pick them up or get to work. These are things we worry about everyday,” said Sarah Janissee, Brian’s wife.

Those apparent financial issues for the company are now translating into real life financial troubles for families right here in West Michigan.

Janissee said he has been told the money may be there on Monday but that is not for sure.
He said he hopes people still come to the hotel to support the workers.

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