Local plumbing business closes up shop, workers say they've been left in the cold
Some employees of a local plumbing company are not too happy. The workers showed up for their shifts several weeks ago to find out the business was shut down. That’s not the only problem, many told ABC6 they still have not gotten their last paycheck.
A number of the workers told ABC6 that the big issue is, they were given no warning at all. They also told ABC6 that the owner of the business is ducking their calls and questions.
“He caught us all by surprise. He never said nothing to nobody, you just come into work one day and you’re no longer working there,” said former employee Terry Smith.
After a year and a half of working for Capital Plumbing and Mechanical, Smith told ABC6 getting that news felt like a punch in the gut.
“We never got no warning, no nothing about shutting down,” said Smith.
To make matters worse, Smith and many of the other now former Capital employees told ABC6 that they have not been paid.
“I mean how am I going to pay my bills, I mean, I got rent due. I can’t pay it, it’s already late. I’ve got utility bills, I got car notes,” said Smith.
ABC6 got wind of issues from several tips and emails. Workers speaking out, concerned about how they were going to make ends meet. They were never made aware of any financial issues the owners may have been having or plans to close shop.
“My buddies are struggling, I’m struggling,” said Smith.
Communication with many of those workers has completely shut down. ABC6 went looking for answers. At the owners last known address, they had already moved out. At the Watkins road headquarters, trash dumpsters were loaded up as the company clears out. When someone spotted the ABC6 news team shooting video, they quickly locked up the garage. The person inside, refusing to answer the front or back door. No one picking up the phone either. Eventually, someone inside hopped in a car and sped off.
Smith, along with the other former workers told ABC6 that they simply want to be treated right.
“Just pay us, just pay us what you owe us. That’s all we ask, I’m not asking for nothing I didn’t earn. I’m not asking for nothing I didn’t earn, just give me my pay check,” said Smith.
Many of the workers that spoke with ABC6 are already in the process of looking for new jobs. They’re also looking into the possibility of working together on legal action against the company.
When the former general manager of the business got word that ABC6 was working on this story, he contacted our investigative team and said that the owner was a good guy and was trying to find a way to pay the workers. However, he wasn’t much help in getting the owner to speak with ABC6, in fact he told our investigative team that he didn't have the owners phone number.