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Teens claim tutoring company owes them hundreds

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Brooke Maddox and Taylor Josey are seniors in high school who decided to take an after-school job tutoring kids at Wisekidz Learning Solutions of Georgia in Lithia Springs.

"During the weekdays, since I was in school, I probably worked three hours a day, and on the weekend I probably worked from nine in the morning until two in the afternoon on Saturdays," Maddox said.

But the pair - joined by other former employees - claim their hard work never paid off. They claim the business owner, Kenyana Gay-Wise, hasn't paid them for two months' worth of work.

"It kind of felt like she was using us as teenagers," said Josey, who claimed she is owed more than $1,000.

CBS Atlanta called phone numbers listed for Wisekidz, but they were disconnected. No one answered the door at her home.

Maddox said Gay-Wise owes her more than $800 and showed us text messages, allegedly from Gay-Wise, saying things like, "I want to first apologize for the issue surrounding her paychecks."

But both Maddox and Josey stopped working at Wisekidz in January after not getting paid for months, and plan to take Gay-Wise to court.

"It hurts a little to know that someone would do such a thing," Josey said. "You're the owner of a business. Your employees should be your second worry - after your customers."

And Maddox has a warning for any students who decide to go tutor at the business.

"I just want people to know that if you're going to be working here, just make sure you know about your money," she said.

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