Lake City Amusement Park faces lawsuit, allegations that employees have not been paid
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Lake City Amusement Park closed down, but it’s still a topic of conversation amid allegations of unpaid employees and a pending lawsuit.
Lake City Amusement Park is deserted. The park’s owners closed it at the end of June after opening in April of this year. That was news to employees, who were wondering if they would get paid. Now weeks later, some of them are still wondering.
We have gotten several messages from former employees saying they are owed pay. One former employee tells us he is owed more than two week’s pay. Another employee told us she hadn’t been paid for three weeks worth of work.
The company is also facing a civil lawsuit from a Decatur-based rental company. Court documents allege the company is owed unpaid rent and costs associated with rental construction equipment used at the park. The documents show that Lake City Amusement Park owes more than $20,000.
We reached out to the owners about this lawsuit and the claims that employees haven’t been paid. The owner did not return our calls. We asked about employee pay when the park closed. The owner did tell us at that point all of the employees that are paid by Lake City Amusement Park had been paid in full. The owner told us then there are payroll records to back that up.
Guntersville Police says this situation is generally under the jurisdiction of civil court.
Employees who feel they are owed money are encouraged to take that direction.
The owners of the park say they were forced to close after they lost their financial backing. The park boasted more than 35 rides and attractions.