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Temp workers say they were bilked by local staffing firm

Original post made on Aug 6, 2010

A Pleasanton-based staffing company is being criticized by workers who say they're owed money for work they did but were never paid for.

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Comments (5)

Posted by Patty Smith, a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Aug 6, 2010 at 2:47 pm

This is an outrage! I cannot believe nobody is stepping up for these people! How do company's like Aptitude get away with stealing? this makes no sense and why isn't the law holding them accountable?


Posted by Jenny Manson, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 6, 2010 at 2:53 pm

This company sounds so shady I would never work for this kind of a temp agency!! I hope they get shut down and all the people get paid what is due to them plus pain and suffering I mean seriously I work full time and if I all of sudden didn't get my paycheck I would be in trouble! Sounds like these people were actually unemployed and taking any decent job they could find and now have nothing to show for it other than more time lost.


Posted by Daniel Bradford, a resident of Foothill High School
on Aug 6, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I feel sorry for all these workers who have been cheated and will have to wait months to get their pay (and may not get paid at all). Like Ms. Meuter, the aggrieved workers can file in small claims court, but getting a judgment for money is a far cry from actually getting paid.

It's a shame that people like Brookes Gulleff work hard to support themselves and then face eviction. If the facts are indeed as these workers present, I think it would be fair to say that the owner, Mr. Lawson, should have to pay restitution more than just the unpaid wages: he should have to pay a stiff fine and punitive damages.

That said, long ago and far away, when I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, I signed up with a temporary placement agency that sent me here and there. I worked as an assistant to a Hallmark Card executive (and boy, did I want his job, $300k a year and I barely saw him do any work), in a warehouse, in an accounting firm, a mental health clinic (where my very first call that I answered was from a woman who was barricaded inside her bathroom because her husband had gone off his meds and was threatening to kill her...the rest of the two weeks was easy after that first day!), an insurance firm, and a bookstore. I was offered permanent jobs at two of the places where I worked (Hallmark and the insurance firm). Temporary agencies are a good way to explore a variety of different work environments, make some contacts, and keep yourself working when unemployment rates are high, and most of them are very reputable and honest.

Before hiring on with a temp agency, I'd say people need to investigate them a bit, see if they are registered with the Better Business Bureau and check the consumer affairs office to see if any complaints have been filed against them--and also Google them and check their Facebook account!


Posted by Brookes G., a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm

I just wanted to note that Darren Lawson has never been able to show me any sort of proof that he had mailed me any of my paychecks. I have a locked mailbox and am the only one with a key. I have also spoken with my mail carrier and the post office and they show no record at all. To date, Darren Lawson of Aptitude Staffing Solutions has not paid me a dime for the work I did and he was paid for. He is still refusing my phone calls, texts, and emails. If he was legit, wouldn't he call back and work out his problems? Also, why is he performing business with an expired business license? Also, to Daniel Bradford, thanks for the comment. I did do a Google search on A.S.S. before I went to work and I was unable to find much, but I thought since my work was at Safeway, there shouldn't be a problem. I was obviously wrong about that, and that is why I am posting what happened to me where ever I can so I can help prevent this from happening to anyone else.


Posted by Safeway Employee, a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2010 at 7:41 am

Safeway should step up and pay these people NOW!

Unfortunately, this is no surprise. At store level it can take weeks, even months to receive wages shorted on paychecks. Management always has some lame excuse and/or passes the buck as far as who's responsible, blaming someone in the payroll loop other than themselves, or just flat out lie saying the fixed it when they most certainly did no such thing! This is far more serious, as having a shift or two shorted is nothing compared to the blatant theft of services Safeway; (true, it's the Agency's fault first and foremost, but Safeway has an obligation and responsibility both morally and ethically to pay these people) has committed against these employees.

More and more I'm ashamed to even work for this company. Bragging of their charity fund-raising, but stealing from their very own employees. Just one of many disgusting actions of Safeway.


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