State investigating Tacoma gym employees' wage complaints

Tacoma News TribuneDecember 5, 2013 

State labor investigators are looking into three wage complaints filed against a Tacoma athletic club owned by a former professional football player.

Each complaint against the Lincoln Plaza Athletic Club will be investigated, said Dana Botka, a spokeswoman for the Department of Labor & Industries, said in an email.

The club's owner, former Seahawk player Sam Adams, did not immediately return a voicemail message left on his cellphone Thursday.

The News Tribune reported last month that several current and former employees were having trouble getting paid. They reported bounced paychecks and having funds removed from their personal accounts after payday.

Lesa Bryant, a former instructor at the club, said Wednesday that some of her former colleagues told her this past weekend that their checks now are cashing, and that others owed money are being paid.

"There are still a bunch of people who have never gotten a check" for work they did, she said. "We're still working on that."

Bryant is leading a group of employees working with a Tacoma attorney, Russell Knight, on the issue.


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