Ex-staff who were recently laid off by troubled retailer Tuskys held demonstrations on Friday in the Nairobi city centre to demand their dues.
More than 45 former employees who had been hired on contract accuse the retailer, currently Kenya's largest, of giving them the runaround for the last three months.
Stephen Owiti, who organised the demo, said some ex-employees had been given post dated cheques which they doubt will be honoured.
"Some of us have post dated cheques which we were told to cash at the end of the month, while others have cheques which have not been signed. How can you bank a cheque which is not signed?" he wondered.
Minutes before they started the protest, Tuskys Human Resources manager - Mr Francis Kimani - called and tried to convince them not to hold the demo.
He also promised to address their grievances next week.