TMZ: Kim Kardashian Sued by Former Staff for Unpaid Wages
Kim Kardashian is reportedly being sued by seven former staff who were employed at her Hidden Hills home. While the staffers claim they were overworked and unfairly compensated, the reality star denies any wrongdoing.
"Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star Kim Kardashian has made headlines once again, but this time for allegedly being a shady boss. According to TMZ, seven of the reality star's former domestic employees are suing her.
The seven men were employed as garden maintenance and cleaning staff at Kardashian's lavish Hidden Hills property and are reportedly suing her over a number of complaints during their employment.
In legal documents obtained by TMZ, the suit was filed on Monday. Seven plaintiffs claimed they were led to believe they were full-time employees but were paid as independent contractors, without benefits.
The suit also states that the SKIMS founder failed to pay the workers in a timely manner, and in some instances, the workers were underpaid for their hours due to the lack of a proper schedule or record system to document their hours.
The list of complaints also alleges that Kardashian, an aspiring lawyer, often denied her employees proper meal breaks and rest periods, nor were they reimbursed for any expenses incurred during their employment.
The complainant's lawyer, Frank Kim, told the Daily Mail that wage theft and unfair labor practices are rampant in Los Angeles.
While the staffers allege that they were made to work unpaid overtime, the youngest complainant, aged 16 years, claims that he was made to work above the maximum (48 hours) allowed for minors by the California labor law.
Another complainant says he was immediately fired after enquiring about the shady labor practices, including the 10% tax which was withheld from their wages but never forwarded to the government.
While the complaints against Kardashian are potentially damaging, a spokesperson for the star told Page Six that the seven workers were hired through a third-party vendor; therefore, she was not responsible for their wages.
The complainant's lawyer, Frank Kim, told the Daily Mail that wage theft and unfair labor practices are rampant in Los Angeles. His firm, Kim Legal, is currently investigating this and other similar violations by powerful families.
Interestingly, Kim currently represents two of Kardashian's ex-husband Kanye West's former employees who filed similar complaints over bad labor practices by the "Love Lockdown" rapper.
Kardashian, 40, filed for divorce from her husband of six years in February. Both stars agreed to share custody of their four kids, North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm, and neither party will request spousal support from the other.