TULSA, OK – The PGA Championship brought thousands of people to the Southern Hills Country Club in May, partnering with businesses to hire needed staff.
Some employees hired through MVP Event Staffing say they haven’t been paid in more than a month.
“I probably made hundreds of phone calls at this point just trying to get answers to let everyone know there was a problem,” said Phoenix Youngblood, MVP Event Staffing for the PGA Championship.
Youngblood is hired by MVP Event Staffing to act on Saturday of the PGA Championship.
“I was in the media kitchen. All I did was wash the dishes and help out anywhere else that was needed like spills and stuff, just clean up,” Youngblood said.
She says she worked 15 hours that day. She was told that she would be paid a stipend at the base salary rate, a tip, and a bonus for working on one of the last days of the event. Now a month into the PGA Championship, a couple missed payday deadlines, and several unanswered phone calls, she says she didn’t receive a cent.
“We’ve been through four different days saying we’re going to get paid that day since the PGA. They’ve all been through,” she said. They keep saying we’re not getting paid because their client hasn’t paid them yet, and that’s Delaware North.”
With frustration, I took to social media and found at least 33 other people all dealing with the same issue with the same company. They are now working with attorney Stephen Hickman to consider legal action after obtaining no answers from MVP Event Staffing and their client company, Delaware North.
“All of these folders are for the attorney and they include all of our emails, and any contact we have with the MVP,” Youngblood said. “A lot of us don’t even have anything on paper to say what we were supposed to get. We had to pull that off their website.”
She says she believes others may be affected and wants to present a united front to make sure they get what they say they owe. A worker at Southern Hills also tried to help Youngblood get answers.
Some people finally got paid on June 17, but others only received a portion of what they owed, while others like Youngblood didn’t get paid until Monday.
The attorney representing the frustrated employees says he expects to file a lawsuit on Tuesday. We have reached out to MVP Event Staffing and their client company Delaware North for comment but have not received a response from either.
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