A small group demonstrated in front of Walgreens at Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street on Tuesday morning, alleging that Walgreens owes their company approximately $100,000.
Demonstrators held signs that read, “We don’t shop at stores not paying their vendors.” All of the demonstrators were employees of Marz Sprays, a Los Angeles-based vitamin company that specializes in mouth-spray vitamin and mineral supplements.
Marz Sprays workers have been protesting at Walgreens for approximately two weeks, said Jessica H., who declined to give her full last name. She and all of the protesters work for Marz Sprays in the public affairs department.
“Walgreens ordered $100,000 worth of merchandise and once we shipped them, they didn’t pay,” she said.
In April, Aaronson & Aaronson represented Marz Sprays in a lawsuit against Walgreens in Los Angeles Superior Court. Marz Sprays won the lawsuit and Walgreens was ordered to pay the amount owed.
But according to Marz Sprays employees, Walgreens has not paid.
“They keep appealing it. We’re a small business. We can’t afford to continue to pay legal fees,” Jessica said.
However, according to Phil Caruso, spokesperson for Walgreens, the company paid the full amount owed in early June.
“This matter is not being appealed. Marz [Sprays] has been paid in full,” Caruso said.
Representatives from Marz Sprays could not be reached for additional comments.