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Five Former Workers Sue Mebane Hotel For Wage Theft

Protestors holding signs.
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Protesters descended on the Hampton Inn in Mebane Thursday, June 13.

Five former employees of the Hampton Inn in Mebane filed a complaint in Guilford County Superior Court alleging wage theft totalling $24,681. They assert that money is from unpaid bonuses and vacation time, mileage reimbursement, a malfunctioning time clock and more.

In a demonstration last week, former workers accused management of the hotel of discriminatory practices. All five of the people behind this complaint are immigrants from Mexico. They say that once the hotel was sold to Joel B. Griffin and Douglas L. Stafford, they were treated as second-class citizens. Indy Week Staff Writer Thomasi McDonald talked to two of the workers filing the suit: Martina Robles Salazer and Aldaberto Rios Ibarra. He talks with host Frank Stasio about his reporting.

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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