Hotel Workers Say They're Being Shorted

Suit Filed Against Hotel Subcontractor

A group of Indianapolis hotel workers claim they are being underpaid in a lawsuit filed against a hotel subcontractor that works with several downtown hotels.

Workers staged a protest Monday outside Hospitality Staffing Solutions in conjunction with a lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of 14 workers against the company and 10 hotels operating in the city.

In the lawsuit, workers claim they weren't paid for all the hours they worked.

"My paychecks were kind of short, like two or three hours, four hours every time," said Adriana Lemus-Garcia. "This still happens to a lot of people."

"Every paycheck I received, I would see missing hours from my paycheck," said Fernando Gomez.

While the employees work for various downtown hotels, their paycheck comes from HSS, RTV6's Julie Pursley reported.

Several supporters were also involved in the protest, including City-County Councilman Brian Mahern.

"When we see that there are instances where wages have been earned but not paid, that's troubling from a moral perspective," Mahern said. "It's also troubling because those are dollars that are not going to make their way into our local businesses and shops."

RTV6 attempted to get a comment from HSS, but no one answered the door and a sign said the business was closed.

Workers and their union, Unite Here, hinted that they may consider a strike over the Super Bowl weekend. An attorney involved in the lawsuit said the timing of the filing didn't have anything to do with the approach of the big game.

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