NAPLES, Fla.- A fixture on downtown Naples Fifth Avenue is under fire, after employees claim they haven't been paid for weeks. One restaurant employee says when he asked for his paycheck, he was shown the door.
"I've worked there the last two weeks, you know....waiting to get paid. It's the only job I've got," Richard Tyler said Monday.
Tyler washed dishes at the Fifth Avenue favorite, St. George and the Dragon. He says getting paid at the Naples restaurant was the real job.
"Sometimes we're paid on Saturdays, a day late. And then sometimes we're not paid until the following Tuesday or Wednesday," he said.
Tyler claims employees paychecks have been in limbo for over two weeks. At the same time, he says the restaurant found money to renovate their parking lot.
"They told me if I don't like the situation, just to leave," Tyler said.
So, he did. WINK News tried talking to the restaurant's management on the accusations. They declined to comment for our story.
Tyler says employees have made several complaints to the U.S. Department of Labor, which have so far gone unanswered.
In the meantime, he's taking up residence with family to stay off the streets. He says some co-workers aren't so lucky.
"All I'm asking of them is to be able to get the money they owe me, on time. Be paid when they tell me I'm going to be paid, not have to go to them day after day, and week after week, wondering if we're going to get paid or not," Tyler said.
The U.S. Department of Labor investigated St. George and the Dragon back in 2009 for back payments to employees. They are currently opening another investigation into the new accusations.