First Bennigan's Closes - Now Employees Are Left Without Last Paychecks

It seems former employees of Bennigan's just can't catch a break. Just weeks after the restaurant closed due to bankruptcy, some employees are learning their last paychecks are no good.

KLTV 7's Courtney Lane met with one former employee who, like thousands of others, are struggling to get back on their feet.

First, they lose their job without any warning. Now they're finding out they won't even be paid for the last weeks they did work.

"It's hard to think that I'm just out of pocket that much money and just having to start all over."

Meagan Higginbotham was an assistant manager at the Bennigan's in Tyler. She says she was counting on her last paycheck because of all the overtime she worked.

"This would have been a pretty good check. I'm missing probably about 400 or 500 dollars for a 2 week check," Higginbotham said.

But that's all money she'll never see. Now, other employees did get their checks, but then they bounced.

Adam Kaelin worked at a Steak & Ale in Plano. He deposited 3 checks the restaurant paid him. But now, he's having to pay the bank.

"The overdraft fees, those add up and they rival the amount of the check when you get two or three at a time."

"We're used to that cash in hand everyday and just it's not there anymore. Struggling to get gas money was a big deal, big deal."

Higginbotham couldn't waste any time finding a new job.

"I just pounded that pavement until I found something I was comfortable with."

She's now training for a management position at a Subway restaurant, where she's hoping for more job security.

"I told them before I even finished my interview, I was like please don't tell me you're filing for bankruptcy. I don't want to work for you if you are. I just can't do it again," she says.

And like thousands of others, she is stuck cutting her losses and moving on.

We could not get a hold of anyone at Bennigan's parent company.

But there is a website where employees can file claims and get legal advice. That website is:

Courtney Lane, reporting. clane@kltv.com