Consumer Watch: Parking problems not only only issue surrounding Ky. Speedway


by Andy Treinen

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 31 at 6:42 PM

(WHAS11)  The parking problems that you’ve heard so much about surrounding the first ever Sprint Cup race at the Kentucky Speedway were not the only issues at the track that day.

This week’s Consumer Watch comes from some women who say they worked concessions there, and haven’t been paid.  WHAS11’s Andy Treinen has their story.

Charnell Dunn and Lakiesha Washington asked us to meet them at the courthouse.  In small claims court, they filed a civil suit against Trinity Life Center and Shanitta Rickman. The suit claims several people worked concessions at the Kentucky Speedway, but weren’t paid for their work; work that was contracted through the Trinity Family Life Center and Rickman.

“That’s not true, everybody is a volunteer,” said Rickman.  Rickman tells WHAS11 they do try to give in-kind-donations to workers, but no one was promised a pay day.  Trinity offers job training, resume work, references and record expungement to people who’ve spent time in prison.  “This is a great program.  This program is helping me continue to get my life together,” said Michael Depp.

Depp recruited Charnell Dunn to Trinity, and she says he misled her about being paid within 21 days of the speedway event.  “I was hoping that this was a way to turn the corner, because it’s been a long time since I’ve had a job and like anybody, I need a job,” insisted Dunn, who says she never would have worked at the speedway if she didn’t think she would be paid.

Washington says she signed up when a friend called and said Shanitta Rickman needed help.  “I respected her.  When Ms. Rickman talked to me, I respected her because I thought she was doing something for the community; but when I find out people are not getting paid their money, there’s a problem there,” said Washington.

Washington says the woman who recruited her worked the same day at the track and was paid; but Rickman says everyone who signed up signed up as volunteers.  “These events are on the job training.  You work enough events, get enough skill training hours, yes, we do try to give back because people are hurting,” explained Rickman.

Rickman says the center is also hurting and in fact, doesn’t have the money to pay workers until it is paid by Levy’s Restaurant.  Trinity has a non-profit organization contract with Levy to provide workers for a donation; Rickman says she hasn’t yet received that entire donation.  Levy’s didn’t’ return WHAS11’s calls.

“Levy’s agreement states that within 10 days after an event, we will have a payout report; we’ve still yet to receive it,” claims Rickman.  So the great debate rages on with little agreement about who owes whom what.  “I want my $58,” said Washington.  “No one is on payroll, period,” answered Rickman.

At the courthouse, the two women claimed it’s now a matter of principle; that’s why they split the cost of a $43 court filing for a $58 pay check.  “The last time I spoke with Ms. Rickman, she hung up on me,” claimed Dunn.