ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Community Activist and the NAACP have given NFL owner Arthur Blank 24 hours to help some unpaid Super Bowl Experience employees out or they plan to protest.
The challenge by former Atlanta City Councilman Derrick Boazman and others came Tuesday during a news conference where about 200 to 300 people who say they still have not been paid.
The employees, many of them high school students, say they were recruited by an NFL approved vendor, BE Staffing. They complained that they worked long hours during the 9-day event, but have only received a small amount of pay if any at all.
Former BE Staffing supervisor Demiro Johnson says he worked 160 hours and has only received $120 of the more than $2,000 he is owed.
“I would get there at 6 in the morning, probably leave at 12:15 at night to make sure everybody else got signed in and out. I am still getting phone calls to this day, people asking are we getting paid, are we going to get our money?” Johnson said.
The community activists, the NAACP, and other organizations say the glitz and glamor of Super Bowl LIII is over and Falcon’s owner Arthur Blank and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms should step in to help.
Former Councilman Boazman says he contacted the AMB Foundation and if they do not respond within 24 hours a group will protest Blank’s Howell Mill Road offices on Thursday.
The group also asked Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard to launch a criminal investigation.
There was no comment from Katrina Fuller, whose refers to herself as Katrina Boss. Her offices near Main Street in College Park were empty Tuesday.
Brian McCarthy with the NFL said, “We have been in contact with that company which has assured us that staffers will be fully compensated.”
When asked when that will be the NFL referred us to BE Staffing.