Monday, November 17, 2008

Just Call Him Kathy Lee Gifford

Although Justin Timberlake is not actually forcing 14 year old kids to make his clothes in some factory somewhere, he is being accused of not paying his employees the money they earned for overtime and also for stealing their tips. I can't tell you how much I hope that a suit filed by one of Justin's ex restaurant employees actually has some legs and that he gets nailed.

Felipe Ramales alleges in his suit that Southern Hospitality regularly did not pay employees overtime when they worked over 40 hours in a week and that the management was also keeping some of the tip money for themselves.

If I were Justin I would just sweep this under the rug right now and give this guy a check. I don't know if the allegations are true, but rich people screwing over poor employees is not the best image enhancer. I'm sure that Kathy Lee would be happy to sit down with Justin and tell him all about it. She was on top of the world before that whole sweat shop thing. Next thing you know she was selling her albums on infomercials and having to stay home all day with Frank.

For their part, Southern Hospitality of course denies all the charges and says their employees are treated better than any other employees on the planet. This of course will be their stance until it is uncovered that Justin and Trace Ayala were using the tip money for lap dances and llama riding classes.


MontanaMarriott said...

With all his money, would it kill him to cut dude a check?!!?
Like I always say, KARMA IS A MOTHER F**KA

Cheryl said...

Isn't Jay-z having similar problems? You would think these celebs would realize that they have no clue how to run a restaurant and hire professional management.

Of course this could simply be a case of employees trying to get some extra money and publicity from the rich boss.

I worked for a family restaurant chain for several years and I have seen things you wouldn't believe. It is a crazy industry.

Paisley said...

I'd like to know a little more about this case before blaming anyone. If this guy gets a check, every past and present employee would get one too.

For overtime, I assume this will be checked through the time cards or through other employee statements if employees are encouraged to fake them.

For tips, I didn't know that busboys were required to get a piece. I thought each restaurant has their own policy about how they are divided.

I'm interested in why this guy is filing his lawsuit by himself. If other employees were being screwed, wouldn't they want to join the lawsuit? Also, in my state if there is a pay dispute, we go through our local labor board for an investigation.

nunaurbiz said...

FYI, it's a federal class action, so it doesn't just cover the one guy. He's saying it happened to many people.

califblondy said...

I just read today that there are cockroaches at this place. Coackroaches AND not paying tips/overtime? Scandalous!

sandman said...

he's def. guilty of wearing the douchiest hat ever.

Maja With a J said...

When they say they treat their employees better than other restaurants, they are probably right. There is so much under the table bullshit going on at MOST - not all - but most restaurants. That's why most people work waiting tables for a while and then move on. Because it fucking sucks, and I know firsthand.

Unknown said...

doesn't anyone else feel hungry after looking at the photo - if you try not to look at timberlake and his friends the food looks pretty good (maybe its time for me to have breakfast...)

lmnop123 said...

Okay dragonlady that was funny.

bionic bunny! said...

i was thinking the same thing, looks pretty yummy to me (the food, not the douches posing with it)!


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