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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

There's no doubt tempers flared at a construction site in North Houston Thursday morning.

Several men say they were hired to work at the site of the new Prime Source Building Products near Airtex and I45.

The temporary workers say they responded to an online ad by a subcontractor named Foust Installation out of Indiana.

Jamal Vaughn says they've literally worked 12 hours plus a day and 7 days a week since December 16th. Their job included installing racks and beams in the facility.

But Sunday they say they were abruptly fired with no reason and no pay from the time they began.

One worker says, "I haven't been paid anything and I put in 125 hours."

They say just Wednesday some - some were given a third of what they've earned. They're afraid the Indiana based subcontractor will skip town.

The workers - about a dozen - also say reps from the subcontractor refused to sign their 1099 forms. It designates them as contract employees for tax purposes.

Tom Tucker is the supervisor for the subcontractor out of Indiana. He denied ever getting 1099's. He also says they paid some of the workers a portion of their money. But he insists they will be made whole once the job is complete.

Tucker says, "by Sunday we've already told them he would be paid...I even haven't been paid yet."

After our cameras arrived the workers were called back in and a higher supervisor got involved. The workers were then told their tax forms will be signed and they will have their money in their pockets by Friday.

Vaughn says, "it's a good deal with us just give us our money."

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