AUSTIN (KXAN) - Despite another promise, employees at My Town Media spent Fridayafternoon waiting for a paycheck which did not come. My TownMedia’s financial managers say the checks are written, butnot cleared for release.
The following was posted on Christian Hunter’s blog onThursday:
“Dear current and former My Town Media employees,
Well, at this point I'm just speechless. Our insurance lossclaim was processed yesterday, deposited, cleared, and checks werewritten to approximately 50 of you who came by to pick them up. Toeveryone's great frustration, a digit was dropped in thetranscription of the routing and account numbers when the check wasimported, and this caused all of the checks to be, essentially,invalid.
Those who've been working so hard at reconciling and managingthe company, as well as this payroll run, are very upset, as I'msure you are. It is something I take responsibility for, as Ishould have understood that a small group can only work so hard andget so little sleep before they start to become less effective.That manifested in one small digit being dropped.
So, once again, checks will be printed out (with all theirdigits) in the morning for distribution in the afternoon. I thinkit will be earlier than yesterday's distribution, but I'm not theone who's got to rerun it. I'll make sure there is something to eatand cold drinks (for what it's worth) once you get down there (Ibelieve it'll be the same place, but I'll confirm tomorrow).
We're almost through this folks. See you tomorrow.
But as of 5pm, employees had received no update, no food ordrinks, and certainly no paycheck.
In a recent blog, Hunter says MTM’s financial problemsstem from flooding problems in November 2009 which forced them toshutdown and significantly damaged revenue.
However, a lawsuit for denial of overtime compensation was filedagainst Hunter and his company, then named Second Meta, two monthsearlier in September.
Nalle Apartments were also awarded a default judgment in theamount of $2000 when Hunter failed to pay rent on an apartment heplaced under Second Meta’s name. Putting the business name onthe lease would have allowed him to pay using business funds.
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