According to the International Business Times, three former bodyguards are suing rapper Snoop Dogg over allegations of wage and overtime abuse for $3 million.
The news source reported the rapper’s former bodyguards Torrey Mitchell, Donnel Murray and Ryan Turk, were allegedly fired earlier this year after they complained about their working conditions.
Aside from providing Snoop Dogg with security, the men also transported him to appearances and ran errands for his family.
The men are also suing their former supervisor, Al Gittens, accounting firm Gerber & Co. and Beach City Music, claiming they violated California labor laws, according to the International Business Times.
The former bodyguards said that they suffered from sleep deprivation, only received three hours per day of rest while the rapper was on tour and that they were not given breaks. They said that the rapper and his associates never kept records of the hours the men worked.
The men also claim that Snoop Dogg violated California overtime pay laws, claiming the rapper paid overtime after 12 hours of work instead of after the state mandated eight hours. They also claimed that their salary was $300 per day when the rapper was on tour, $25 per hour and an overtime rate of $37.50 per hour when he was not on the road.
“Defendants did not pay plaintiffs double time at any point during plaintiffs’ employment,” the lawsuit says, according to the International Business Times. “In January of 2014, after innumerable complaints made to Al Gittens, Snoop Dogg, and the remaining defendants regarding unpaid overtime and numerous labor code violations, defendants summarily terminated all plaintiffs’ employment.”
Can I Sue My Employer For Not Paying Me Overtime?
California wage and overtime laws exist to ensure that employees are given compensation for the work they perform, and the plaintiffs involved in this case are saying the rapper tried to skirt around these laws.
Federal laws require employers to pay all non-exempt employees one-and-a-half times the regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a workweek.
Additionally, workers in California who work more than 12 hours on any given day must be paid twice his or her regular pay.
If you have experienced what could be considered an unfair or illegal wage and overtime claim, contact our Los Angeles employment attorneys who can help you decide whether to move forward with your case. We will seek the compensation you are legally owed for the time you spent working.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys