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Frustration continues for Universal Health Care employees

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Universal Health Care employees remained frustrated by the actions of their company Monday.

Last Thursday, employees came to work and found out their business was part of a federal investigation.

Former employee Racquel Vassell said, "I think when we all came to work on Thursday, we weren't expecting an FBI raid."

Now Vassell and others say their former employer is making it difficult for them to return to their desks to pick up personal belongings and to obtain end of work documents they will need for new employment.

Former employees showed up Friday to collect their personal belongings, but were unable to do so.  They were told to come back Monday.

A notice on the doors of Universal Health Care instructed employees to check a list for a schedule to pick up their documents and belongings based on their last names.  The scheduled times for pick up covered the next several days.

Former employee Carol Dundas says, "I don't live around here, I live in Riverview. This is a long ride for me."

Dundas and others say they have few choices now. "For now, I just have to look for a job, that's all we can do."

Racquel Vassell says the company says they will not be compensated for personal time off they earned and will not be given any severance.

Vassell says, "Many people like myself, were the breadwinners so to speak, you know, maybe you have a family member living with you or so fourth and you need to be able to provide and in this economy. Many of us are living paycheck to paycheck and even if you're not, there are very few funds that can carry you on during a job search."

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