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Former employees of a company providing security for D.C. government buildings say the city should make sure they get unpaid wages and benefits.

Hawk One Security guarded the city's government buildings and schools for years, but recently informed city leaders it couldn't honor its contract because of financial problems.

Former Hawk One security guards gathered in front of city hall this afternoon, pleading for leaders in D.C. to make sure Hawk One pays them for the hours they've already worked.

Doniai Royster, a former guard for Hawk One, has been out of work for three weeks since the company went belly up. She says she's struggling. "I'm unemployed," says Royster. "I can't get my unemployment, I can't get my last paycheck. Rent's due. I need my money."

Hawk One could not be reached for an explanation of the situation. Mayor Adrian Fenty did not respond to a request for comment.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

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