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Former Hamburger Mary's employees say they're struggling to be paid

Restaurant manager wants to make it right
Posted at 6:13 PM, Nov 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-06 08:48:27-05

Former Hamburger Mary's employees say they have had issues being paid.

"I know that there are people right now who have gone a month, 2 months without getting any pay," former employee Eric Kristiansen told 13 Action News.

The original Hamburger Mary's opened in 1972 in San Francisco. It quickly established itself as a staple in the LGBT community. When doors to the Las Vegas location opened in August, the hopes were high but quickly shattered. 

"This place has been an amazing godsend for so many people in our community so seeing this happen here in Las Vegas in a very diverse and amazing place it's heart-wrenching," Kristiansen says. 

A former assistant general manager says around 100 people were laid off within the first few months, and some of ones who did keep their jobs are not getting paid.

"I don't like unethical workplaces and for me to have to lie constantly to staff who are losing their homes. I know 11 people who lost their homes. I know at least 6 to 7 who have lost their cars. Numerous cell phones have been shut off," Heidi Burgener told us.

The current operations manager was shocked to hear these stories. He says if any past or current employees have a problem, he'll fix it.

"It's pretty upsetting, I gotta be honest with you. I'm not happy about it but I'm very willing to take care of anything, any issues they had or we've had. But it's upsetting because we try hard," Lou Placencia said.