Concerns linger over Clarksburg's Hilton Garden Inn

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - The Hilton Garden Inn in Clarksburg appears to be in hot water with the city and employees, some of whom have quit over an apparent pay dispute.

5 News has received several messages from former and current employees who claim their pay has been inconsistent, dating back to January.

"[Management] said 'you're just not getting paid,'" Ryan Contraski recalled of walking in to collect his first paycheck April 14. "They didn't really give an excuse."

Contraski quit, but claims he still hasn't been paid for the three weeks he worked as a cook.

"I went in there last week and as soon as I asked about the check, [an employee] was chasing me out of there, telling me to get out of there," he said.

Another former employee, who worked there eight months, claims she quit last week after not being paid for almost a month.

"Sometimes we'd go to the bank to cash [checks] and there was no money in the account to cash them," Gerry Gains said over the phone to 5 News. "Or people would get their checks cashed and they would bounce. It just became a never ending vicious cycle."

The Hilton Garden Inn is also feeling the pressure from the city of Clarksburg. The city's director of finance confirmed that the city filed suit against the hotel Friday. They claim the hotel owes more than $120,000 in B&O and Hotel taxes, some of which date back to 2015.

This comes as speculation about the hotel's future swirls. Gaines says the general manager told her the signs on the building are expected to come down soon, but 5 News cannot independently confirm that.

5 News called the hotel's management, corporate headquarters, and the owners of the building, but we have not received any answers about these claims. 5 News called them again Tuesday with no response, after former employees of Hampton Inn in Randolph County claimed the same situation. According to the Randolph County Commission president, no legal action has been taken against the hotel in regards to taxes or claims about pay.