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Angry Ex-Employees Speak Out After Employer Skips Payday

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UPDATE: We did eventually contact the owner of Life in Lansing. He told us his side of the story, but asked that his comments be kept off the record.

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UPDATE: Since this story aired, more former employees have reached out to WLNS to confirm the statements made by other ex-workers in this piece.

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- Several former employees of a Lansing-based production company say for months, the business often skipped payday, and sometimes didn't pay at all.

Five former employees of Life In Lansing came forward on Thursday to say the company collectively owed them tens of thousands of dollars in back pay. One employee, who spoke with Six News on camera, but asked not to be named, says s/he moved to Lansing from another city to take a job in his/her field of study, but was quickly let down after s/he says the company gave excuse after excuse when paychecks were not delivered on time.

"I had huge faith in this company. "Everything just seemed to make sense. He sold it so well."

Another employee says the company would often blame other business partners for the shortage of money. "It came down to promises. Promises and more promises. [They'd say] we didn't get paid by our clients this week, so we're waiting on that check, we're waiting on some things in the mail."

Workers also say when they would get checks, sometimes they were unofficial. "I have personally gotten a cashier's check. I've gotten a personal check and it bounced."

6 News reached out to the company's owner, Marc Francoeur, but he was unavailable to make a comment for this story. 6 News also visited the company's physical location, but the doors to the business were locked although people could be seen inside. Knocks at the door were ignored.  

Emerald Morrow is a reporter with WLNS-TV. Reach out to her on Facebook, Twitter or email at emorrow@wlns.com.

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WLNS disclosure: Life In Lansing has worked with WLNS in the past and Life in Lansing owes thousands in unpaid fees.

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