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A man has sued his former employer for $1 million in unpaid wages after he claimed he was forced to work for less than $1 per hour.
A group of former employees at Pioneer Park Campground in the Mojave Desert sued the company last year, claiming the workers were forced to use the cheaper hotel room service to cover the costs of paying for lodging and food for their families.
The plaintiffs in the suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California claim the employees were pressured to pay as much as $1.50 per hour in the motel room service and that their wages were not paid at all.
The employees, who include women, said they were forced out of the job after the hotel rooms began to run out.
“We didn’t even get paid,” said an unnamed employee in the lawsuit.
The workers claim they were not given overtime pay or other benefits during their work shifts and were not entitled to the $1 a day hotel room rate for the same reason.
Pioneer Park spokesman Michael Cavanagh said the company does not comment on pending litigation.
Cavanagh would not comment further on the lawsuit but said it was one of several cases that the company has faced in the past few years.
One former employee said the lawsuit stemmed from an incident where the campground’s security guard asked to use her room.
She said the guard then told her she was required to pay the hotel room fee but the company did not.
The other employees also claimed that after being offered a place to stay for free, they were told they had to pay for a “carpet cleaning” service.
In the lawsuit, the former employees also alleged that the campgrounds’ management did not offer any training or guidance to employees about the legal rights of workers in the event of a workplace dispute.