WTHR-TV (Indianapolis) (01/31/12) Bob Segall
The Indiana Department of Labor and executives with Lucas Oil Stadium have begun independent investigations centering on MS Staffing and the firm’s practices. The staffing firm is providing hundreds of workers for the Super Bowl and provides year-round employees to Lucas Oil Stadium and a host of other companies in Indiana. The local television channel WTHR has received more than 60 complaints from MS Staffing employees who say their paychecks have been shorted week after week; employees are required to report to work in many cases hours before they begin work, but they are not compensated for that time. A former full-time staffer with MS Staffing says some employees refrain from complaining because they are in the U.S. illegally.
Upon learning about the payroll problems, MS Staffing installed electronic time clocks at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center to help prevent payroll mistakes. Co-founder and president Leticia Snoddy attributes the payroll problems to the company’s rapid growth. Snoddy says the company follows “all state and federal laws,” but acknowledges that it is still in the process of putting new systems in place to ensure all workers are legally eligible to work.