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UP Medical Employees in Victorville Allege Months of No Pay

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) – Employees at UP Medical —formerly Vascular Associates of Southern California — claim they have not received pay in three months.

According to anonymous tips, the healthcare organization, led by Dr. Chauvapun, which operates facilities across Southern California, including two locations in the Victor Valley, has left its employees in financial distress.

A recent tip from an anonymous employee highlights the severity of the situation: “We were supposed to get an update Thursday or Friday about our pay for last Friday nothing, no communication from HR. We can’t pay our bills we can’t buy gas. We’re late on our mortgage were late on our car payments and he doesn’t care at all.”

Email correspondence obtained from UP Medical revealed the company’s ongoing struggle with its financial obligations. An email dated February 14 stated, “During our second recovery phase, the company needs to focus on three main items related to our cash outlay: employee payroll, medical supplies, and facility rents.”

A follow-up from February 19 acknowledged the banking holiday and teased an impending update which never materialized: “The banks were closed today for Presidents Day, which means there were no deposits today. Dr. Joe is working on an announcement for tomorrow that will entail updates regarding payroll and financials.”

Employees’ hopes were dashed yet again, as revealed in an email from February 12 that read, “We were not able to process any outstanding payroll payments today – I will check in with the finance team Tuesday morning and the following days and see what payments we are able to process.”

On February 1, UP Medical management attempted to reassure its employees, with the company stating, “As mentioned last week, our work with Davenport Law has been painful and tedious in getting our lenders to come to agreements on the new loan terms […] I believe that our efforts are paying off and the fruits of our labor are bearing before us.”

The email from Dr. Chauvapun to his staff additionally stated, “To add some context reiterating our commitment to employee payroll, I and several of our management team members, along with providers, have forgone our paychecks since late November to ensure that much of our staff was able to receive earned wages as scheduled.”

Despite the apologetic tone and promises of progress, employees say they have still not been paid.

In lieu of immediate payment, a promise was made to compensate employees with $100 daily for each day their paycheck was delayed, a commitment that has since been breached, according to the employees.

The frustration is mounting among the staff, with some choosing to resign, while others cling to their positions in the hope of finding alternate employment.

The workers have taken their grievances to the labor board in search of a remedy, but said the process has been slow. It’s hoped that by bringing this issue to the community, there will be action that results in the much-needed payment to the staff.

At present, an attempt to contact UP Medical for comment has not been returned.


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