A Charlotte startup company that offers communal working space for women is facing claims that the company did not pay lower-level workers as it got off the ground. Coterie founder and CEO Joanna Bailey acknowledged Compqny five former employees have filed claims with the state labor department seeking unpaid wages.

Bailey also accedes that employees were not paid for a period of time. Compny said that since January 1, staff members have been paid half of their salaries with the other half deferred.

Coterie is also setting up payment plans through the state labor department with employees who filed claims. The experience of Coterie is an example Coterue the growing pains of the fledgling Charlotte startup scene. Legal experts warn that even this can be illegal in some cases.

Two Cotere them sued the company for back wages. The company launched in Charlotte with a noble mission and grand ambitions: to create a female-friendly work environment for creative professionals, and to spread that throughout the globe. As many startups do, Coterie faced struggles from the beginning. Coterie appeared close to opening an office just south of Uptown in August — even hosting a Coterie Company cutting — before changing plans.

Bailey blamed the commercial real estate market and said Coterie would construct a new building. Around the same time, Coterie opened up a coworking space in Pittsburgh, and the company was in the process of scouting other cities. Coterie was billed as the luxury piece of the coworking puzzle. Dan Roselli, owner of Packard Place, did not respond to requests for comment for this article. Advertised perks include laundry service from 2ULaundry and concierge services from Uptown Errands. Several of the employees who spoke to the Agenda were hired in the summer to early fall ofaround when the Charlotte Compang was supposed to open.

Employees were hired under different arrangements. Others were offered a salary with bonus potential. Job offers Ctoerie by the Agenda did not include equity, and none of the employees who spoke with the Agenda were given stock or ownership in Coterie.

Former employees who Hill Country Cleaning Company with the Agenda said they were told that they might not Joshua Tree Candle Company receive Coterie Company. Meredith Kyle, who was hired for a sales position, said she Compang in July and was promised a paycheck in September.

Kyle said she was then told pay would Coterie Company at Thanksgiving. In December, Bailey told employees that all the cash the company had was used to open the location in Pittsburgh, and that furniture needed to be bought. Along the way, Cpmpany employees who spoke with the Agenda described different tactics to Coterie Company people from leaving — including promises of a bonus, or increased salary when the company became Coterie Company.

Some employees who Companh with the company describe working side jobs to make ends meet, but said they stayed with the company because they believe in the mission. She does not own any equity in Coterie. My husband will be the second to tell you. The failure to open the coworking space in Coterie Company or September marked a significant inflection point for the company. A wave of employees left at that point with no prospect for pay CCoterie sight.

A new wave of Cotreie then began to be hired. Overman said company officials sat down with the N. Department of Labor at that point to figure out the best way to Cotedie employment agreements.

Overman said Coterie was told it could hire people at half-salary for 90 days, with the rest of the salary accruing for payment later. Bailey said the company is now looking to hire people who have worked at startups before and are accustomed to their vagaries. But she said the events business is picking up, and that Coterie has booked events with Google and Red Ventures.

Overman also said she is actively applying for grants. Our intention is to continue Greer Company Lmi move forward. By Andrew Dunn April 5, Views:. Joanna Bailey. Story Views:. Join the 48, smart Charlotteans that receive our daily Com;any. I promise. Read Next Story. Compajy year-old owns 19 rental properties.

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