SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Dozens of state home care workers in Oregon say they were left in a state of financial uncertainty from late paychecks from the Department of Human Services.

Nearly 50 employees who work with the elderly and developmentally disabled rallied at the DHS headquarters in Salem this week to demand a change to a state payroll system they called flawed, according to the Statesman Journal.

Noemi Sarmiento is a home care worker in Gresham. She says she almost lost her home after not receiving a timely payment in June. Over 9,000 paychecks in 2018 weren’t delivered to home care workers on time.

A DHS spokeswoman says the agency is committed to paying employees on time and that 97% of payments to home care workers were promptly delivered last year.

Information from: Statesman Journal,