There's never a quiet moment in the life of Kim Kardashian West, is there? And the latest news is that seven former workers (who previously held maintenance and gardening roles at her home) have launched a lawsuit against the reality star mogul, claiming they weren't paid overtime. The former workers also say they weren't allowed meal or rest breaks, and that Kim 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 (alleging that this individual would do over 48 hours, which is against the law for a teen of that age).
It's said that 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 (so many Kims in this story!), is also believed to be filing a similar labor suit against Kanye West - who Kim announced her plans to divorce earlier this year. The pair share four children together; North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm.
Issuing a strong denial against all the claims, a representative for Kim (Kardashian, not the legal guy) said to Page Six, "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 Kim hopes the issue between "these workers and the vendor who hired them can be amicably resolved soon" (which basically translates as a massive 'Please exclude me from this narrative', no?).
We also hope that everything can be resolved quickly for all involved too.
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