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Employees at Ambulance Service Claim They're Not Getting Paid

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON Tenn.- A West Tennessee Company, based in Memphis, is under fire by its employees who claim they haven't been paid in five weeks.

Eagle Medical Services is a private medical transportation service. A Jackson employee, who did not want to be identified, said workers are paid bi-weekly and over the last year the company has been late several times giving them paychecks.

"I had to tell my daughter yesterday, she wanted to go to McDonald's, that I financially couldn't," said the worker. "I had to choose taking her to McDonald's or driving to work today."

This employee shared with WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News more than 20 emails EMS has sent to their employee's trying to explain late payments. The emails date back to January 2012. In one, the owner Allen Wilkerson wrote, "I'm still waiting on the bank. No one is as disappointed as I am."

The employee told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News the last check they received bounced. "What if I wrote 100 bad checks? I would be arrested right now," said the angry employee.

After the last check bounced, workers received emails from EMS that said they were trying to take out an emergency loan to cover payroll, and would reimburse any overdraft fees.

"The first check bounced. We don't know, we doubt we will even get a check this Friday," said the worker.

EMS has been tied up in a lawsuit with both Madison and Gibson counties who want to be the exclusive provider for medical transportation in their counties. Right now, the case is in appeals court.