Indy Express — Owner Scams Employees
Indy Express Fast Freight is owned by James and/or Karen Terry. He hires people to drive around the Puget Sound area of Washington State. Many times, he cannot pay his employees. During the three months I worked for him, he failed to pay on the scheduled paydays four times. The last time, October 10, 2008, I told him that I needed my check so that I could repair my car to go to the east side of the state. He gave me $100 and told me that I could use the company van.
Come the following Sunday, he still did not have our checks. Since there is no one in the office until Monday at 6am, I emailed him stating that I would not work for someone who could not pay his employees.
I ended up taking him to small claims court in Pierce County. I won by default, since he did not show up. I was awarded just shy of $3K, mostly for unpaid wages, but included court costs. Here it is nearly a year later and I have yet to be paid. In December, I plan to filed a superior court case.
In 2008 alone, he has 8 unpaid wage complaints filed against him and now in 2009, he has another 6 complaints. He changes his business name when legal trouble like this starts, so whatever company you worked for him under is considered no longer in business and you are not able to take legal action. This type of history for him extends to Indiana as well, where he originally started the first Indy Express Courier Service. After a couple of years of scamming his employees in Indiana, Indiana refused to give any further business licenses. So he moved to Washington State and has been doing the same thing, scamming his employees, for nearly 6 years in Washington State.