Man fighting former employer over pub closing

... and checks bouncing

Former employees of one Davenport business are looking for new jobs this week.

Kelly's Irish Pub closed its doors last week without giving any notice to their workers.

When employees came to work last Sunday, a sign on the door saying, "Closed, thanks for thirteen great years" was the only notice they received that the business had shut down. 

One of the men said not having a job isn't his only concern.

Patrick Bell had been working as a chef for Kelly's. He said a Facebook post of the sign was how he found out he no longer had a job. 

Bell and his family relied on his income. Now, a little over a week later, Bell is still fighting with his former employer for the money he is owed.

"He had paid me $330.10 and I had put it into the bank and I had paid a couple of bills and then just yesterday I found out that actually the check had bounced," Bell said. 

Coming up on Local 4 News at 5, we'll hear from an employment law attorney about why they see these types of cases all of the time and how state lawmakers can help the situation. 


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