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THE SAILS GROUP (non-profit) / The Sails Group does not pay its employees

1 16662 Hale Ave, Irvine, CA, United States Review updated:
Contact information:
Phone: 949 250 5730

The Sails Group, which is supposed to be a non-profit, is a very corrupt company. Many of the employees who work here or have worked here are not getting paid. Several employees are consistently missing more than half of their paycheck amounts yet they continue to come into work for fear of termination. Those who complain seem to note that the company does a lot of illegal wrangling around to threaten or get rid of the employees who do complain. Currently, there is at least one employee who is going to take this issue to small claims court; what we need is a lawyer to turn this into a big case. This company also fails to pay people the overtime they are due. Many employees are still waiting to be paid since months ago. The company also practises crooked methods of avoiding paying its employees, for example, one employee was told he wouldn't get paid because he was scheduled to work with another person at the same time, and the company said it won't pay you for this, even if it's the company itself which scheduled the employee to work. This company has already taken away our paid time off, sick time, and other benefits, and keeps doing crooked things, going back on their own policies and so forth. People are working for free like slaves. The name of the CEO of this company is Ihab Shahawi ([protected]@sailsgroup.com).




Ihab Shahawi [protected]@sailsgroup.com

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  • An
      3rd of Mar, 2009

    everything that this anonymous person is stating is true sails group has never paid any employee overtime unless the employee is going to take action in small claims court. this company is ran by intimidation by the administrator of director ; the administrator of director dose not know how to follow procedure and do her job and i think she is not even qualified for the position but the owners like the way she kisses ### so they keep her around; i see the company getting sued by a lot of the employees if the owners do not get rid of the administrator of director and after every 80 hours the employees starts to get paid minimum wedge so meaning that they mess with the paychecks and taxes for example the house managers after getting paid 12 dollars a hour but after 80 hours they get paid 8 dollars a hour and they put everything after 80 hours under bonus pay tax free but those are your hard work hours. i feel that all the administrators of the facility's should not be intimidated by the owners administrators of director we should all get our overtime unpaid wedges and all the pay that we work hard for. the administrator of director the "current" is so selfish that when not promoted years ago started to cry because she was not promoted.

    administrator of director: psyche madden

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  • An
      6th of Aug, 2009

    I agree with this fully. Another location of SAILS in Riverside, Ca administered by crooked Michael Richey. I currently work in this dreadful site, and he lies, manipulates, and steals company dollars and products. SAILS are a bunch of frauds that prey on their employees. I think the DEPT. of labor should take a look at theirs acts of nepotism, favortism, harrassment, and failure to abide by state laws.

    +2 Votes
  • Re
      31st of Aug, 2009

    The company Lies about their pay to employees, they cheat everyone that is working currently on salary and hourly rates. Everyone that has worked for this group home knows that they have never paid a single cent on overtime pay ever! They pay for gas mileage at the federal rate, but they often cheat out employees on miles and dont pay all the mileage they have done. Also there is alot of favortism in this company. They never pay their employees for vacation time they have earned even though they go by the book and policies employees go on vacation and never get paid for that week or two weeks off they have requested. They currently have a time clock system that is difficult to use because it is a mobile job taking clients to appointments without being clocked in they often times dont account for those times. They often times require employees to pay for things and items out of their own pocket and promise to pay them back when it rarely happens. They have an idiot making schedules not paying attention to state and federal laws and the needs for each particular home and the abilities of the employees they currently have. They have started not to pay employees for training that is needed such as DSP testing (although they pay for the course) because it is deemed as pior education needed before you start work, but they give you the job offer and sign the employee up for classes under the group home. Often times employees work 12 plus hours a day... at times they force many under salary pay to work 48+ hour shifts. Again never paided for overtime. They never give bonuses. Promotion is based on favortism not ablility. They often cheat workers by stating a work week is during the week day monday through friday, and anything worked on the weekend saturday sunday is based either off salary or "bonus pay." which is unfair for workers in the long run because these are hours they worked which employees suffer more during tax season. The company keeps growing and currently they employee at least 4 people per home... they dont keep up with state and federally mandated laws which are required, They currently have about 20+ homes accross southern and central california. As the Director and corporate executives get richer their greed grows and do not compensate the hard work employees do to help the individuals they assist and give sails accross the regional centers in california a good name. Many horror stories have came from this group home such as not getting paid for days on end. When accountants make mistakes on pay or anything they make the employees suffer instead of the ones who made the mistake. The owners get mad over the cost of maintence and utlities during various times during the seasons, such as the summer when AC is used more energy cost go up and would rather see the homes not use AC and deal with consumer behaviors and aliements than pay for their comfort and care. They have a ridiculous efficiency rubric promissing raises they never pay to employees. Although we are in economic times and they have also fealt the pinch in the pay they have profited from each home they still make substancial profit. Many have worked for 5 years or more and have never promoted or raised their pay but give them more hours to work. The coroporation is horrible and if anyone ever sues this company they will win in small court claims but a lawyer needs to come in and group all past and current employees to make this company pay for there crooked ways. But if they do i would be out of a job! which is a rare commodity to have these days. I know administrators, executives and employees all have read these compliants and they often know who wrote which comliant or have a good idea who has. If i get in trouble for this compliant trust me you do not want to mess with me i have records and copies of when i was scheduled to work, my times sheets, and my pay check stubs and trust me i will bring many along down with me. Along with many miss doing i may report to bring this company down to its knees. Many are mistaken that this is one corporation, but in my research i have found that the owner has done something rather wierd by seperating his company into 3 different corporations (or he filed his company in that way) Sails San Diego, Sails Los Angeles, Sails Bakersfield. But it is all the same with the same corporate structure. Perhaps that is why he gets away with johnny law because he does not employee more than 50 per corporation. But it would make sense why he does not profit more since the owner pays more taxes paying for 3 corporations. Or who knows because he has not dissolved Sails bakersfield inc as a corp and it is currently a suspended status company. Concerning. Nonetheless whether how it is done the practices they have are not good, although i am a regular staff i wish for a raise once every year or so or a christmas bonus would be nice. That would make everyone less angry.

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  • An
      24th of Dec, 2009

    I agree with complaints.Favortism is with Administration and their staff.The breaking of Policy and Procedure abounds within the Administative walls while the Counselors are held Ridgedly Accountable to Policy and Protocol.

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  • An
      28th of Dec, 2009

    I agree with anonymous626. Michael Richey lies, manipulates, and doesn't care about the people at the facility including the residents. They make employees lie on their time sheet to get the money they owe you. Most of the time they never pay you anyway. It is common for the facility run out of basic needs to run the facility (food, paper towels, even hand soap). Residents don't get their money when they ask for it or when they leave the place! Michael Richey gives them the run around all the time! And forget about overtime or time and a half! That doesn't exist even if you have to stay over or work extra hours because they don't have adequate staff. The ratio has never been in compliance. He probably manipulates the schedule when licensing comes around so that they don't get in trouble. The departments of labor needs to investigate this place. Michael Richey will accept applications but never hires anyone! But if something happens on your shift you're the one that gets the blame and then you're fired. His favoritism is well known. He will lie to your face if something is questioned that reflects his favoritism.

    +3 Votes
  • Ho
      8th of Jan, 2010

    yes i agree in part with with anonyumous626, i too have worked at the sails group location in riverside, ca. favoritism is rampant there some employees have less accountability than others which creates a very hostile environment. Its unlikely that administrator richey embezzles company funds (although i wouldn't put it past him), but it is his mismanagement of company funds that has left the facility in fiscal turmoil. Compensation for overtime is nearly non existence, even though the demands of the job require employees to work overtime from time to time. Every employee that i have directly worked with has had their paycheck shortchanged at least once (others have had it happen several times). When employees complain about not being paid appropriately they receive the run around. employees are even forced to falsify time cards to abate labors laws and other pertinent regulations. Administrator richey attempts to portray the riverside location as a professional organization, but the facility falls short in many ways. For instance administrator richey often manipulates staff and residents in very suttle ways. richey is very manipulative and misleads many of his subordinates, ask any employee they will confirm this, the residents are forced to spy on staff or face consequences, which is the case in most group homes, but its sad when you see kids scarred out of their minds if they don't write up staff. Administrator Richey has at times bragged to his subordinates that he fired an employee for poor performance or other issues. formal training of company policies and title 22 is pathetic and seemed like a formality. richey tells his subordinates that the company dislikes gossiping on the job, but richey gossips plenty while at mandatory employee meetings. Yes there have been times when the facility has not had the funds for cleaning supplies, adequate food and snacks for the kids, allowances for the kids, and even gas for company vehicles. If you have a young person ask you why he or she should go to college...tell them so they wont ever work for or manage a place like sails group in riverside, ca

    +1 Votes
  • An
      10th of Jan, 2010

    Agree with all posted complaints including post on highlanders favoritism concerning all administrative staff.looks can and are deceiving concerning this company and how its employees are treated.

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  • Yo
      12th of Jul, 2010

    Ha Ha Ha... All of these posts are so true about Highlander, SAILS, and all of the other agencies they run... So funny, but Highlander was shut down because Michael Ricjey was caught stealing... Now that's just plain old ridiculous. What type of company places all of their trust into Mike Richey. Are you kidding me. He's the biggest rip off/Liar in California. I feel so sorry for the kids, but as far as the staff that worked there. They all deserve to be standing in the unemployment line. Simply for condoning his behavior. Good riddens to them all...

    +1 Votes
  • Mo
      8th of Sep, 2010

    I am very disturbed with these comments as I am a parent of a consumer and am seeing the same trends a her house. She has been there only a few months and the staff changes constantly. There is a lack of training as new staff rotate through and I do not feel my child is safe with the influx of staff from out of the country who may have questionable background checks. Can anyone speak to the constant rotation of live-in staff and staff training?

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  • Li
      8th of Oct, 2010

    Mommy of one, you should be frightened to have your child with any home ran by the sails group. I have personally witnessed many disgusting actions taken by this company to cut financial corners which only endangers the kids living there. They have covered up medication errors so they didn't have to report it to the state which means children have been given someone else's medication, given too much medication, given at the wrong time, not given enough, etc. They have also forced employees to feed the clients outdated food and food that has been taken out of dumpsters. Some kids have gone days without hot water in the home they reside in because Sails is too cheap to pay the gas bill. Having the house come to a temp of over 100 degrees for days due to Sails not fixing the AC. Residential phones have been shut off for weeks at a time because they wouldn't pay the bill. The vans they use to transport clients in are mechanically unsafe because the company they use won't service any more vehicles since Sails owes them so much money. They don't provide adequate clothing or hygiene supplies as the state requires and PAYS the company to provide every month. The best thing you can do for your child is to take them out of that program IMMEDIATELY! and place them somewhere else. There are many reasons why the county won't even refer clients to Sails anymore, these are just a few of them.

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  • Sh
      11th of Jan, 2011

    i agree

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  • Sh
      11th of Jan, 2011

    I agree I have never worked for a place like Sails... The things that I have seen, I have been their for years and still have yet to be awared a rise, maybe it is because Vivan Shahawi and her Husband Ihab are always on vacation somewhere, and you know those vacays cost money, and the up keep on thier private home that the Shahawi's live in .. I think the other reason why I have not be awarded a rise is because, the angency is paying the relatives of Vivan Shahawi much more than non family members... I do have to say that Xmas party of 2010 was great !!! we all loved the K-mart picture frames... But what I want to understand, is how can sails hire family members that are not legal to work in the U.S. and pay them more then non-family members? should'nt it be the other way around?...how funny is that ? Im so ready, lets see what the new year brings for sails if the Feds dont shut them down and arrest all of them...who knows maybe we might get a rise if Vivan doesnt hire any more of her relaitves that are not LEGAL to be here in the 1st place... Cause God knows her family members keep changing thier names every 3 months...

    +1 Votes
  • Sh
      11th of Jan, 2011

    I guess the other reason why we havent been awared a raise is because, all the supervisors put themselfs on the on the schdule and dont work those hours, but yet still get paid for time that they dont work!!!

    +2 Votes
  • Sh
      11th of Jan, 2011

    I also like how sails gives us our over time as bonus pay, which means that when we work xmas and other hoildays we dont get the time and half, this company needs to be sued for everything they have and the CEO and his wife Vivan need to be homeless and put in a group themselfs, , , lets just hope they get treated better than they treat others...

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  • Sh
      12th of Jan, 2011

    I have one ther thing to add, why is it that employees at the sails group, change thier names every 3 months is it becuase they are not LEGAL in the states...?

    +1 Votes
  • Na
      12th of Jan, 2011

    Mr. shoker i totally agree with you this company is really unfair and nauseous like my name!! besides the fact that these kids are so innocent for this company to treat them like crap its unfair ...well here is my experice i worked for the company for a short time then i quit right after all these bazzare things were going on..like them not having enouf food in the group home and we had to take them to another grouphome nerby to eat over there, besides all the food was expired and they still wanted us to feed them that food, another thing we never had soap for dishes or laundry we had to use laundry soap for dishes and dishwasing soap fro washing how bad is that because we always ran out!!! another thing was that everytime we had to contact our manager/ administrators over the weekend they will never awnser their phones all the calls were straaight to voicemail when there was an emergency staff had to deal with it until the following monday when they deside to show up!!! this company is so unfair and cruel to staff and cunsumers...i wodent dought if this company is hiding something since they are all colombians maybe they are running a cartel of drugs and this company is their excuse!!! poor kids...and this company needs to go down with all the scams in it!

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  • Sh
      12th of Jan, 2011

    What a truefull tale, nauseous how wonderful they feed those poor kids spoiled food, when is this maddness going to stop!!!, I know that in the home I was in I was told that we were getting food and when I unpacked the boxes the food was pasted the expiration date, and some of the look we could'nt even cook because we did'nt the right seasonings, when you look into the food pantry all the stuff thier is for show, we cant even use half the stuff in the pantry... but I bet Vivian is eating her steak and lobster everynight

    +1 Votes
  • Na
      12th of Jan, 2011

    or maybe caviar...while these kids are eating top ramen! how can they feel proud of this company when its all lies..and the bad thing is that if u have a problem u cant even talk to humane resourses because he is freken family he dont care about your problems..very sad.

    +1 Votes
  • Sh
      12th of Jan, 2011

    thats what happens, when your EX-HUSBAND works for you, he is not going to say anything because then he would have to give back the brand new Benz he bought last year, and why is that Vivian's ex-husband, hired his ex-girl friends kid try to pass him off as own kid, and has the kid was living with him in the group home and he bought him a Mustang... How is it that all new workers that are family of Vivian and Ihab all have nice cars when they start, could it be that sails is dipping into the money that they are hiding? or not giving to employees for raises? becuase if thats the case, then I too want to be columbian and realted to all that work thier...

    +1 Votes
  • Sa
      24th of Mar, 2011

    This company has always been on the wrong side of the tracks. They are now trying to settle with everyone for the back money they owe everyone from their bonus pay. They want to pay between 25 to 50 percent of what is owed to you. Everything is stupid in this company. They need to stop hiring all their family members and hire people that can actually do the job. Stupid Human resource Director Alvaro could hardly speak any english and is compensating himself with his current girlfriend who is running another program in bakersfield. Seriously how can Vivan be CFO... she needs to let that roll go and give it to someone that can actually do the job... She will still get alot of money by just being married to Ihab... and Ihab should go to every single part of his group and find out first hand whats going wrong with all this. He think he has the trust of everyone and they all know what they are doing... but that is far from the truth. He thinks he is able to run this company like his family and work them like slaves but he can not.. and he will be sued and given jail time for all the mis doings he is doing to everyone. The sad truth is the children would be the ones who suffer the most. I hope Ihab reads all these comments and realizes that he needs to create change and do right to everyone. Even if it means downsizing for the bettterment of his company. Alvaro needs to be fired. He does not no [censor] and gives his opinnions like they are golden. All their peoples have flashy cars yet they dont even keep up their homes with leaky roofs and broken toilets and ovens for months! They can not run this like a small company any more. Many have offered to help but they like to keep things in the family because they know the only way they can continue having lavish vacations is by being wrong and doing wrong to all the kids, their workers and everyone they employee and work with. Sadly is that if they get sued all that would happen is that he would declare bankruptcy... but trust all you that are angry... Dont let him off the hook send his [censor] to court cuz what he is doing is criminal and make him serve prison time, along with his wife, and his family.

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