Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West is never far from away from the news. And this time, she is in the news for the legal battle against her in Los Angeles Superior Court by seven of her former workers. All of them are accusing her of things like wage theft, retaliation, and so on.
The complaint includes her cleaning and maintenance workers at her Santa Monica Mountains home, who claimed they did not receive overtime pay. They also said that they were not given meals and pay stubs or documents involving the employment. The complaint also includes facts of unlawful working conditions. Instead of taking responsibility for the act, it says that Kim is pointing fingers at a third person.
What Kim Has to Say About the Entire Controversy
Kim’s response to the allegations has been pretty straightforward. Her spokesperson said that these people were working through a third-party vendor.
Kim was not a part of the agreements between the vendors and the workers. Therefore she is not to be blamed for the non-payment of how the vendor manages the business.
Here, There, Everywhere
This trend stands true in many other industries and workplaces. Companies adopt business models which allow them to forget the responsibilities of an employer. Once you know about this business structure, you’ll find it everywhere.
Say the installers who set up your cable, or the movers who deliver your sofa, just about everywhere. The call center worker may take your complaints about the cable, the sofa, the store, or the restaurant.
Independent Contractors or Full-Time Employers
As per the court documents, Kardashian’s former employees claim that they never got their payment on time. There was also a ten percent deduction from their wages for taxes. And sources suggest that she did not hand it over to the authorities when they worked at her £42million Hidden Hills mansion.
Although Kim, in an Instagram chat, said that she has full respect for the people and their immense hard work, as she paid the vendor, she expected to pay the workers. Also, she is hoping that the issue will soon resolve.
The Case Against Kim
As per the Lawyer, Frank Kim of law firm Kim Legal, who is representing the workers said, wage theft and other workplace violations are becoming a big problem in Los Angeles. Frank’s firm is investigating other potential violations against these defendants from other powerful families and businesses.
Back-up singer Michael Pearson says he and other performers were paid a flat rate of $250 a day but worked well over the standard eight-hour working day and did not get overtime pay.
Kim failed to provide adequate seats in the staging area, and the performers had to either stand or sit on the ground. They also did not have meal breaks. Taliah Leslie said that the reality star classified her as an independent contractor, even as she was on an hourly rate as a full-time employee.
She had to work as many as five or 10 hours or more a day without meal breaks owing to a Yeezy policy of the entire staff eating their lunch at the same time. Leslie even complained that she had to work overtime and did not get itemized wage statements. Kim refused to pay her after she quit.
Keeping Up With the Kardashians
The irony of it, Kim has earlier boasted of treating her staff well, and it came up in one of the episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians in an argument with sister Kourtney over nannies. In this fight, Kim accused Kortney of not treating the nanny right before her children.
Kourtney, however, was quick to deny it. Instead, she said that Kim could take her as she would not keep her. She then boasted that she would certainly like to keep the nanny. She also told Kourtney that she could never keep her nanny.
The lawsuit is still going on, and the matter is still unresolved. We are watching this space for more tidbits on the Kardashian Vs. her staff lawsuit. Will the staff finally get their due wages, or will Kim have the last laugh? Let’s wait and watch for that. We hope justice is served and the truth prevails.