The owner of a Martinez hamburger restaurant called police Tuesday to have former employees who were seeking back pay removed from the property.
Six former workers at St. Louis Original Hamburgers went to the Furys Ferry Road restaurant to get back pay that they say the owner, Gregory A. Glover, owes them.
“As we walked up to the door, he came up and locked it,” said Jarrod Coffey, the unofficial leader of the former workers, all of whom say they were not paid.
Locked out, they staged a peaceful protest by sitting on the sidewalk in front of the door.
Glover, who would not come to the door or speak to them, called authorities. Columbia County sheriff’s deputies told the protesters, who staged a similar sit-in protest Monday, that they had to leave and not return to the business or face criminal-trespass charges.
“We just want our paychecks,” Coffey yelled to Glover through the door.
Some of the former employees worked at the restaurant as few as two days, others as long as a month. All say they were not paid for their time.
A deputy suggested they pursue civil resolutions, including reporting the problems to the state Department of Labor and filing a civil action with the Columbia County Magistrate Court.
“It really sucks that we have to do all this just to get paid,” said Joseph Emmert, who said he worked at St. Louis Original Hamburgers about three weeks.
When reached by phone Tuesday afternoon, Glover said he would not comment on the matter.
Glover, who opened the restaurant in April in the former Pickles Cafe and Grill space, was arrested in September after authorities accused him of trying to use someone else’s Social Security number to open a business checking account in August. Glover evaded arrest for about two weeks before surrendering Sept. 24 to face two counts of financial identity fraud.
It was also discovered at the time of his arrest that Glover was operating the restaurant without a business license, which he obtained the day after his arrest.