Seven former workers of Kim Kardashian, who previously held maintenance and gardening roles at her home, have launched a lawsuit against the reality star mogul. They claim they weren’t paid overtime, weren’t allowed meal or rest breaks, and that Kardashian withheld taxes from their wages but didn’t furnish those amounts to the government.
As reported by the LA Times, one of the workers is also claiming that he was fired after raising concerns about the number of hours a 16-year-old crew member was working per week. The worker alleged that this individual would do over 48 hours of labor, which is against the law for a teen of that age.
The LA Times reports the complaint partially reads: “Plaintiffs … were not paid on regular periods, were not given their required meal and rest breaks, were not provided a means to record all their hours, were not paid all their hours, were not reimbursed for employment expenses, were not paid all their overtime wages, and were not paid their wages upon termination of employment.”
“In addition, Plaintiff Andrew Ramirez was terminated when he inquired about his rights as an employee and Plaintiff Andrew Ramirez, Jr., was employed as a sixteen-year-old minor, but worked longer than the maximum hours allowed to be worked by minors under the Labor Code.”
The plaintiffs’ legal representative, Frank Kim of Kim Legal, is also believed to be filing a similar suit against Kanye West. (Kardashian announced her plans to divorce West earlier this year. The pair share four children together; North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm.)
In a statement released to the LA Times, attorney Frank Kim said, “Wage theft and other workplace violations are a widespread problem in Los Angeles. My firm is currently investigating other potential violations against these defendants, as well as other powerful families and businesses on behalf of everyday workers.”
A representative for Kardashian issued a strong denial against all the claims to Page Six. The rep said, “These workers were hired and paid through a third-party vendor hired by Kim to provide ongoing services. Kim is not party to the agreement made between the vendor and their workers, therefore she is not responsible for how the vendor manages their business and the agreements they have made directly with their staff.”
The spokesperson added that Kardashian hopes the issue between “these workers and the vendor who hired them can be amicably resolved soon.”