PANAMA CITY BEACH - Local Jamaican workers are accusing a panhandle cleaning company of labor abuse.
Jamaican workers and community members protested at Edgewater hoping to get some answers.
The workers are asking Edgewater Beach Resort, which contracts with Mister Clean Cleaning Services, to take some responsibility and make things right.
Jamaican workers and other civil rights, labor, and community leaders are protesting at Edgewater Beach Resort because they say they've experienced labor abuse.
Edgewater has a contract with a Destin cleaning company called Mister Clean Cleaning Services, which hired the Jamaican workers.
"He promised us in Jamaica that we are going to get overtimes, we're going to make a lot of money, we're going to get 40 hours per week and when we came here it was different. Nothing like that," said Deneise Gardener, a Jamaican Guest Worker.
Like many of the protestors, Deneise Gardener is in the Florida Panhandle on a work visa. She says she's spent more than two thousand dollars to get here.
In return, Mister Clean is supposed to provide housing, but they say the conditions are crowded and unlivable.
"We had to sleep on the floor. We had no utensils. No beds. We have about 19 people laying on the floor," said Gardener.
Workers filed a complaint with the Federal Department of Labor more than two weeks ago. As a result, the feds are investigating the allegations.
Mister Clean managers say they're cooperating and showing records to labor officials, but claim the workers' allegations are not true.
National Guestworker Alliance Lead Activist, Jacob Horwitz, says workers are asking for a solution.
"All of the workers are asking is to be made whole and that means they get paid back for the unlawful recruitment fees and costs that they were charged and that means any unpaid overtime or stolen work hours are also compensated," said Horwitz.
Edgewater Resort's parent company, The Resort Collection, issued a statement saying in part "the hospitality management company renounces unfair labor practices of any kind and is dismayed at the allegations."
If the allegations are true, Edgewater officials say they will cease future business relationships with Mister Clean.