Town and Country live-in employees forced to leave

Town and Country live-in employees forced to leave

February 24th, 2011 by Joan Garrett McClane in Local - Breaking News

Billy Trammell, right, rubs his head in frustration after David Bernstein, the owner of the Town & Country Inn, announced that after ownership of the inn transfers at midnight Thursday, former employees will have four days to find new lodging in Chattanooga, Tenn. Trammell, who worked at Town & Country for five years, asked that he be allowed more than four days. Staff photo by Jenna Walker

Nearly 30 people who worked in exchange for their rooms at a Chattanooga extended stay hotel are being forced to leave the property because it's been sold. New owners don't want to hotel to continue housing the homeless, some say.

Town and Country Inn and its owners, David and Steven Bernstein, came under federal investigation last summer for violating federal minimum wage laws and unfairly trading work for housing.

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