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School lunch workers say they haven't been paid in a month

Posted at 6:51 PM, Oct 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 23:27:49-04

Several people have contacted 13 Action News saying they worked for a month for a company that provides lunches to charter schools and haven't gotten paid.

The company, called NSLP Solutions, hired James Ojeda, who says he found a head chef job through an ad on Craigslist.

He says it was his job to organize school lunches and hire and cooking staff. He says things began to feel shady when he never heard back from his boss, James Davis, with any guidance on how to do the job.

"It was we need this, we need that, you're on your own," Ojeda explains.

The company contracted with several valley charter schools, including the Doral Academy Fire Mesa and the Somerset Schools.  

In a statement, Somerset said the company failed to provide the school lunches as planned, and that the school had to "work with other school lunch providers to ensure that our students have not and will not go hungry."

When employees tried to call James Davis, the phone line went to voicemail or seemed disconnected.

Ojeda and several others quit after not getting paid. Ojeda said Davis sent him an email calling him "gutless and cowardly" for quitting the job, but Ojeda said he still hasn't gotten any money.

When he tried to contact the office manager listed, he says she texted him that she no longer worked for the company.