Tahoe temp workers say golf tournament didn’t pay them

CURRENT August 31, 2:50 p.m Several people say they weren’t paid for shifts they worked nearly two months ago at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, held July 6-10 on Tahoe’s South Shore at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort. In response to those complaints, a spokesman for Edgewood Tahoe Resort said the hotel hired Spectrum Events to provide food and beverages during the tournament.

“The hotel is not directly responsible for paying its employees,” Edgewood Tahoe general manager Corinna Osborne wrote in an email to SFGATE.

However, with “poor business practices” overshadowing the golf tournament, the hotel is taking the situation “very seriously,” Osborne said. She said they are working with Spectrum Events to resolve the issue.

“Spectrum Events is working with the team members who contacted them directly to get them paid, but they don’t have access to all of the team members’ recordings, which is causing a delay,” Osborne said.

Aug 31, 2:32 p.m It has been more than seven weeks since the A-list celebrities and athletes arrived at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nevada to play in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship for a prize of $600,000. And yet several people who were hired by a third party and worked at the tournament were not paid, the Tahoe Daily Tribune reported earlier this week.

Daphne Hillyer told Tribune reporter Ashleigh Goodwin that she worked three shifts of 10 to 12.5 hours each during the celebrity golf tournament, which ran July 6-10.

Hillyer told the Tribune she has yet to receive a paycheck for her work from MVP Event Staffing, a company that bills itself as “the nation’s leading provider of food and beverage staffing for major events.”

“We worked so hard for this company over the weekend of the golf tournament and we’re still not getting our paychecks back,” Hillyer told the Tribune. “We just want our paychecks.”

The 33rd annual golf tournament hosted more than 80 celebrities on the lakefront greens at Edgewood Tahoe Resort, which offers sweeping views of Lake Tahoe and is located on the southeastern shore. Pop icon Justin Timberlake, Golden State Warriors player Steph Curry, Cal alum and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers were among the playing competitors. Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo won this year’s championship. After two years of restricted participation due to the pandemic, the tournament grandstands were fully open this year. The Tahoe Daily Tribune reported a record attendance of 67,000 for this year’s tournament.

“The people of Lake Tahoe are great,” former NBA player Charles Barkley told an NBC sportswriter on the greens. “I love seeing all the celebs. The fans are fantastic.”

The opportunity to see celebrities play golf was one of the reasons some people signed up for the tournament.

“As a huge golf fan and sport in general, I said I would work at the golf championship,” Sean Lyman told the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Lyman told the Tribune he wasn’t paid for his shifts by MVP Event Staffing. Lyman said he was approached by someone at MVP at a farmers market in Minden. The MVP rep asked if he wanted to work at the celebrity golf tournament. Lyman’s wife took time off from her job so she could watch her son while he worked at the golf tournament.

“And now I have nothing to show for it but the tips I gave,” Lyman said. “Not the $20 an hour I was promised for the 38 hours I worked.”

About 55 to 65 people have been hired by MVP to work at the golf tournament, according to the Tribune. Lyman told the Tribune that eight employees were unpaid.

Lyman told the Tribune he sent several emails to MVP Event Staffing to inquire about when he would receive his paycheck and as of Aug. 28 he had received no response.

Edgewood Tahoe Resort hosted the golf tournament but is not responsible for hiring or paying those who worked for the concessions. Edgewood did not respond to a request for comment before press time.

The American Century Championship engaged Spectrum Events as their catering and concessions company to provide hospitality services for the tournament. In return, Spectrum hired MVP Event Staffing to hire and pay temporary workers.

Spectrum paid MVP in full the amounts due after the tournament, Spectrum vice president of administration Missie Martinez said in an email sent to SFGATE on Wednesday. Spectrum has previously worked with MVP on events, Martinez said.

“We want to state that this is not an Edgewood problem; they paid in full and are great partners and put on a great event that benefits so many in the Tahoe area,” said Martinez. “Also, this is not a Spectrum issue, but we feel a responsibility to the people affected and are trying to do whatever we can. We have been working to keep the pressure on the agency late and follow up regularly. We are hopeful. “

MVP Events Staffing did not respond to SFGATE’s request for comment.

Greg Fielding, a founding partner of MVP Event Staffing, told the Tahoe Daily Tribune that his company takes responsibility for paying the people they hired to work on the tournament.

“I can’t go into detail about what happened other than to say in general terms that our cash flow depends on collecting our customers,” Fielding told the Tribune.

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