Motel 6 / payroll & tax fraud
I applied for employment at Motel 6 here in Laramie, WY. I was training for Front Desk as well as housekeeping. The housekeeping mgr was short handed, and they put me into her department, plus she stated that she liked the fact that I did not miss any details while cleaning the rooms. I was fast, and extremely hard working. My fingers were cracking and bleeding.
The housekeeping mgr and another housekeeper go into the rooms to take out the dirty linen before the housekeepers go in to clean the rooms.
I had noticed that there were never any gratuities in the rooms that they stripped. One day a week they were not able to get to the rooms to strip them right away, and I made about $15 to $20 in gratuities. The housekeeping mgr had told me that when her assistant leaves that she would like me to take the position (her assistant leaves in June).
I could not prove that they were stealing my tips so I took a dollar of my own and placed it in room number 132 (I believe that is the correct room). I then started cleaning at another bldg. When I arrived to clean that room, the linen had been taken from the room, as well as the dollar. I searched the entire room; to give them the benefit that maybe they had knocked it off the table. I was angry and near tears.
I put the sheets and towels and everything needed into the rooms that I had left to clean to make it easier to clean the rooms. I went to the housekeeping mgr (who strips the rooms) and asked if I could go to lunch. I then went to the front desk. I informed Heather (at front desk) that I was leaving and why and that I probably would not return because of it. I attempted to write down the time I was leaving on my timecard but Heather would not allow it as she needed to put the new timecards out. She did have me sign my timecard in two different places before I left and she promised to write down the hours on a new timecard (the time that I came in was on the timecard). This was on Sunday, May 8th. I called Friday morning, May13th and asked when I could pick up my check, and the front desk clerk stated that I could come in then. The mgr. called as I was driving, and left a message on my phone stating that I would have to wait until after 3pm. The message was offensive, and he had mentioned that I should take a good look at my paycheck. When I received my check, it was missing hours, to which they stated that I would have to wait two weeks before they would pay me for those hours.
Also, when I completed my I-9 New Hire form, I had put EXEMPT on it. My paycheck had Fed WH in the amount of $46.00. I am aware that my employer did willfully and intentionally commit a violation of a known legal duty. He did intentionally commit a criminal tax offense. I have kept my paycheck stub as well as the phone message that he left on my phone as a form of proof of this fact.
I believe that if he has committed this tax offense knowingly against my payroll that there is a good possibility that he has done this knowingly to others in the past, and that he will commit the crime in the future against other employees.
I am uncertain if the owner who is the signer on the payroll checks is knowledgeable about the federal tax laws or is aware that this is happening.
I am requesting that my payroll be corrected as I am EXEMPT, and that my ex-employer be made aware that legally he has until May 16th to provide me with all of my wages that he owes me, as he has no intention of paying me by this time.
I am also requesting that you contact the correct Federal Department and inform them that he has committed the Federal crime of knowingly disregarding the I-9 form that I had completed, and that there is the possibly that he has committed this against past employees. If required, I can provide a copy of the message that he left on my phone, showing that this was intentional, willful, and not accidental.
The manager at Motel 6 in Laramie, WY who left the message on my phone is Larry Payne. His email address is listed as firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to also advise you that I have witnessed the housekeeping manager removing a gratuity from a room, and that I am aware that she did not clean that room, and that she did not give that gratuity to the housekeeper who cleaned that room.
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