Security guard says company won't pay

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Michelle Lazare now works at St. Vincent de Paul after she said she stopped working for GuardPoint Security because she wasn't paid for all of her time.

It all goes back to April 1, 2011, when Lazare, 35, said she started working for GuardPoint Security.

"April 1st, my first day of work, the time 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.," said Lazare.

Copies of time sheets Lazare made from when she worked under GuardPoint Security show the various places she provided security.

"9 p.m. to 6 a.m., the 20th," said Lazare. "9 p.m. to 6 a.m., the 25th."

After a few weeks of being on the job, Lazare started asking about her paycheck.

"I waited the four weeks, and I still had not received the paycheck and went and talked to them, and they gave me the song and dance, 'We mailed it. You should get it in a couple of days'," said Lazare.

May 10th, an envelope came in the mail. Three days later, Lazare deposited the check for $87.63. On May 18, a bank statement shows the check didn't clear, costing her additional bank fees

"These weren't $500-$600 checks. These were $128. Like mine was $87.  $87 check bounce from a business? I don't get it," said Lazare.

9 News called GuardPoint Security asking for an on-camera interview. The president declined, but told us the company did issue Lazare more than one paycheck.

"How many paychecks did you receive?" asked Kiran Chawla.

"One, just one," replied Lazare.

In May, Lazare finally told GuardPoint Security she couldn't work unless they paid her for all her time. She claimed they still owe her for 75 hours of work - that's $750.

"Once a month, twice a month, I would call them and ask them where my money was and always a different story," said Lazare.

The president told 9 News on the phone that Lazare has never gone to GuardPoint telling them exactly how much they owed her. Lazare, meanwhile, said she's handed them copies of her time sheets, and so far, she's only received one paycheck in the amount of $87.63.

According to the Better Business Bureau, the company does not have any other complaints against them. At the same time though, GuardPoint Security is not BBB accredited.

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