Tahoe temps say golf tournament didn’t pay them

NO LATER THAN 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 the south shore of Tahoe at Edgewood Tahoe Resort. In response to those complaints, a spokesperson for Edgewood Tahoe Resort said the hotel hired Spectrum Events to handle food and beverages during the tournament.

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

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

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

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

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

Hillyer told the Tribune that she has yet to receive a paycheck for her work from MVP Event Staffing, a company that describes itself as “the nation’s premier provider of catering and beverage staffing for events.” in large scale”.

“We worked so hard for this company over the weekend of the golf tournament and we still don’t get any response regarding our paychecks,” Hillyer told the Tribune. “We just want our paychecks.”

The 33rd Annual Golf Tournament hosted more than 80 celebrities on the lakeside greens of Edgewood Tahoe Resort, which offer long views of Lake Tahoe and are located on the southeast shore. Pop icon Justin Timberlake, Golden State Warriors player Steph Curry, Cal alum and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers were among the competitors playing. Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo won this year’s championship. After two years of limited attendance due to the pandemic, this year the tournament stands were fully open. The Tahoe Daily Tribune reported record attendance at this year’s tournament with 67,000 spectators.

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

The chance to see celebrities play golf was one of the reasons some people signed up to work at the tournament.

“Being a huge fan of golf, and sports in general, I said I would work” at championship golf, Sean Lyman told the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Lyman told the Tribune that he was not paid for his shifts by MVP Event Staffing. Lyman said he was approached by someone from 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 work so she could watch their son while he worked at the golf tournament.

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

According to the Tribune, some 55 to 65 people were hired by MVP to work at the golf tournament. Lyman told the Tribune that eight employees had not been paid.

Lyman told the Tribune that he had sent several emails to MVP Event Staffing asking when he would receive his paycheck and, as of August 28, had received no response.

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

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

Spectrum has paid MVP in full for amounts owed after the tournament, Spectrum Vice President of Administration Missie Martinez said in an email to SFGATE on Wednesday. Spectrum has worked with MVP on events before, Martinez said.

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

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

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

“I can’t go into detail about what happened except to say generally that our cash flow is dependent on collecting from our customers,” Fielding told the Tribune.

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