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Home health agency fails to pay employees

CBS 4 received multiple calls from employees of Spirit Alliance telling us they were supposed to be paid Dec. 1.

Spirit Alliance Home Health employees are enraged after not being paid.

CBS 4 received multiple calls from employees of Spirit Alliance telling us they were supposed to be paid Dec. 1.

"I brought the worker with me to pick up her check and she cannot pick up her check to pay her own bills," said an employee who wishes to remain anonymous.

CBS 4 went to both Spirit Alliance locations in McAllen and Harlingen. The doors were locked and signs were posted reading “They are closed.”

Inside the office, a sign on the wall reads, "Effective November 1, 2018, pay rate will decrease to $9.00 an hour. Respite hours will remain at $8.50 an hour. Changes will be reflected on December 1, 2018 paycheck."

On the door of the Harlingen office, there are two phone numbers listed.

CBS 4 called both numbers, however the call went straight to voicemail and the company’s mailbox is full. Further investigating by CBS 4 has revealed 11 deficiencies in the last two years. Violations like failing to immediately report alleged abuse, neglect or exploitation of clients were cited.

CBS 4 has yet to reach anyone with Spirit Alliance. We have reached out to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services about this matter and are waiting for a response.

We will continue to investigate this matter and keep you up to date with the very latest.

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