Posted: 11:10 p.m.
Employees of a local date packing company are upset that they were not paid on time.
Sunday, dozens of employees of Datepac lined up outside waiting for paychecks they should've received Thursday night.
The CFO of Datepac, Carl Padula, said this was all due to a technical problem with time clocks. Employees say this is unacceptable.
"No es justo," Lupe Delgadillo, a Datepac employee, said the situation is not fair. She understands that the payroll office has their work to do before handing out paychecks, but she said, "Put yourself in our shoes."
Employees who lined up outside for hours said money is tight, and they have bills waiting to be paid.
"Tuvimos que venir en domingo," Delgadillo said she had to spend her Sunday away from her family, not having had a meal during the few hours she waited outside, while on little sleep, outside in the heat.
Hours later, another employee brought a jug of water for the employees who were outside standing in the heat. Some said they had been there for more than five hours.
"Yo estoy aqui desde las 9 en la manana, y apenas me atendieron," Rosa Borbon said she had been waiting since 9 a.m., and almost five hours later, she got her paycheck.
But Padula said there was miscommunication. Although employees told News 11 that they were told to expect their paychecks as early as Sunday at 5 a.m., a sign posted on the office door said paychecks would be available after 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
Padula said technical problems with the time clock caused the delay in the distribution of paychecks.
"This was a simple problem with our time clock," Padula said.
Padula explained that Datepac has an influx of employees during this time because it is harvest season, and problems like these happen to a minor extent every year.
"We bring in about 17 million pounds of dates, so we hire about 1,000 people, and occasionally, it gets confusing," Padula said.
About 50 employees were affected, according to Padula.
The employees hope this doesn't happen again.
"Que seyan justos. Que asi como ellos nos exigen el trabajo..." Borbon said she just wants Datepac to be fair: just like they expect the employees to be on time, the employees expect the same with their pay.
Padula said all of the employees who were outside waiting Sunday will get paid as long as their hours could be verified.