CHARLESTON, S.C. – People Against Rape (PAR) is being sued by three former employees who claim they never received payment after being laid off in September.
The layoffs allegedly resulted due to a former bookkeeper mismanaging around $60,000 to $80,000 of the non-profits money; which then led to their loss of approximately $300,000 in state funding from the Department of Public Safety and DHEC.
Amanda Horne, a plaintiff, argues in the filing that she fell behind on bills and has now been unable to care for her grandmother. The filing claims Horne has suffered severe emotional distress from the loss of her job and now inability to pay her bills.
According to the filing, Horne was promised six weeks of pay and has only received a little more than $2,800.
The second plaintiff, Ruby Godley, said in her filing that she had to involuntarily leave her home and like Horne, has also been unable to pay her bills.
Michael Roach, chairman of the PAR board of directors, issued a statement saying the board had only learned of the lawsuit through the media.
"We are saddened to learn of this action because we have gone to great lengths to keep all of our former employees fully informed about our current financial status (i.e. PAR has no funds with which to pay them) and exactly what we are doing to obtain sufficient funds to pay them what we owe them," Roach said. "They should know that they, the PAR Board, and PAR are all victims of a former employee who engaged in a deceptive pattern of behavior that resulted in this financial catastrophe which resulted in our inability to pay them what we own them. As soon as funds are available, we will honor our debts to all employees."