Some Detroit auto show security workers still unpaid

Janeane Wilcox has plenty riding on her paycheck from the 2015 North American International Auto Show  -she's in the middle of a custody battle.

"To prove that I am the better parent, I have to have proof of a job and I've been working," she said. "And I have no proof of it. And if I don't have proof by (Feb. 4), it can go all bad."

She is just one of several people who say the Detroit auto show that hired them for security either has not paid them for their work or shorted their checks.

"Within the last three weeks I received one check," said Mannie White. "The one check that I received was 26 hours short. I went to pick up my check this week, no check."

White says he was told his check would be available next week.

"I can't take that up to DTE or anybody who I owe my bills and say I should be receiving a check Monday or Friday," White said. "That's what Cobo Hall is telling me. They don't want to hear that."

FOX 2 spoke with Carl Berry the auto show's director of security who says they are  doing everything possible to get workers their money.

"I understand their plight," Berry said. "And I understand that people want their money. That's why I brought them home with me so I can personally deliver some of them tomorrow."

He says the payroll problems began after they switched from a paper sign in, sign out, system to a computer system. That, along with a host of other problems and at times workers filling out information incorrectly led to the cash crunch.  

"Just like they got their service," White said. "We want our pay."

And in Wilcox's case, the pain of potentially being separated from her children.

"You're saying I'm not going to get my children back because I don't have a pay stub to show them," she said. "I mean it's just unfair." 

"We're doing the best we can to get all of this stuff rectified to make sure these people get their money," Berry said.

Berry said it is a complicated situation, for instance one time he said the company that prints the paychecks misspelled an employee's name and that employee could not cash the check.

Berry said that is just one of many auto show problems they have run into this year and they are working very hard to correct. 

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