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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

KWWL is continuing to dig deeper into claims of wage theft  in eastern Iowa.

Tuesday we reported that some temporary workers at RockTenn's Iowa City office claimed they weren't being paid for all the hours they worked. RockTenn  makes packaging materials.

KWWL called RockTenn's Director of Corporate Communications, Robin Keegan. She says many of our questions should be directed to the two temporary agencies that actually hired the workers. She added that RockTenn does take these claims seriously and is working with the two agencies to determine what's really happening.

When KWWL went to RockTenn's Iowa City facility, we could see signs for both Sedona Staffing Services and CFA Staffing outside. Sedona's sign even said the agency was hiring -- and to head inside the building.

Other organizations say that the two agencies work out of RockTenn's building.

Some temporary workers say that they've been asked to come in early and weren't paid for the extra time. Keegan says that is not RockTenn policy. She says the company follows all laws and requires vendors to do so, too.

"RockTenn values the roles of people in the community and in the communities which we live and work," said Keegan. "We live and work in this neighborhood, too."

Both temp agencies' local offices would not comment and pushed us to corporate levels -- where our calls went unreturned.

The Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa, which filed the complaint for the workers, claims RockTenn does bear some responsibility.

"This is not a new trick," said Misty Rebik, Executive Director. "For years, corporations have hidden behind their contractors to not take responsibility for their workers. They're not tricking us. They're not tricking the public. They're not even tricking the workers."

One  state senator says that some of the temporary workers are not U.S. citizens and are not documented to work in the country. When asked, Keegan repeated that RockTenn follows the law -- and that its vendors are required to, too.

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