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Arizona Coyotes label claims they did not pay employees ‘unsubstantiated’

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Coyotes said allegations made by two former employees that the team spied on workers and failed to pay its people were without base.

“As is the case with many large businesses, two former employees who were terminated filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board,” the team said in a statement. “These filings contained a number of unsubstantiated allegations.”

According to documents obtained by the Arizona Republic, the employees filed the complaints in October 2016 and December 2016 under the interfering with employee rights portion of the National Labor Relations Act.

The first complaint, which alleged the Coyotes fired an employee after she complained about not being paid by the team, was dropped after the team and employee reached an agreement.

“As part of that resolution, the employee acknowledged that there was absolutely no violation of any law, nor was there any discrimination that took place,” the team said.

The second complaint alleged the team was surveilling, discriminating against and threatening some employees.

The team said it could not comment on the second matter because it was still pending but denied the allegations.

“We have worked hard to create an excellent workplace culture for hundreds of Coyotes employees,” the statement said. “We are proud of that culture, which is based on respect and fair treatment for each and every employee. Any allegations to the contrary are simply not true.”

The second complaint was expected to be addressed in a Jan. 9 hearing.

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