Kim Kardashian Is Being Sued By Seven Former Home Maintenance Employees Who Claim She Was A Terrible Boss
If I had to guess what the worst thing about working in Kim Kardashian’s home might be, I’d probably say it’s either the light-headed feeling you get from solvents required to scrub greasy makeup marks off plaster walls or the struggle of trying to figure out if the distorted face peering at you through the front door’s peephole is Khloé Kardashian. If seven of her former employees are telling the truth, then it’s much worse than that. The former employees have gotten together and accused Kim’s house of being a toxic work environment that allegedly included late payments, and getting fired for complaining about not getting paid.
The Daily Mail has the details of this lawsuit against Kim, which was filed on Monday in Los Angeles, and it kind of makes her look like a penny-pinching cheapskate and all-around horrible boss. According to the lawsuit, seven former gardeners and maintenance staff are suing Kim after having a bad time working at her $60 million Hidden Hills mansion. The former employees (Andrew Ramirez, Andrew Ramirez Jr, Christopher Ramirez, Aron Cabrea, Rene Ernesto Flores, Jesse Fernandez, and Robert Araiza) claim that whenever they were paid, 10% of their paychecks were missing, which they were told was taken off for taxes. But, as the former employees allege in the lawsuit, the 10% was never used for taxes. The employees claim they never received pay stubs or itemized wages, and that nobody kept track of their hours worked.
The lawsuit adds that no one was ever paid on time, that Kim refused to pay overtime hours worked, and that they were denied regular breaks while working. One former gardener alleges that when he spoke up and asked Kim personally where his overtime pay and rest breaks were, she fired him on the spot.
A lawyer for the seven former workers, Frank Kim, released a statement. And if you are also a rich person in Los Angeles who has been trying to stiff your employees, watch out – Frank Kim is coming for you:
“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.”
If you’re wondering how an alleged billionaire can’t seem to gather enough pennies to pay the people who clean up her tacky party decorations, well, Kim would like you to know she’d never stiff her staff, ever! And the only reason these staffers got stiffed was because someone else was supposed to pay them. Kim’s lawyers released the following statement in response to the lawsuit:
“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. Kim has never not paid a vendor for their services and hopes that the issue between these workers and the vendor who hired them can be amicably resolved soon.”
I didn’t know my gardeners were being worked to the bone with no breaks! I didn’t know someone bought a $750,000 stolen statue in my name! To be fair to Kim, of course she didn’t know. She’s got her nose buried deep in DMs from rich and famous men who want to date her, and she’s just too busy to check her law textbooks to see that she’s not breaking any laws. But I’m sure this situation has prompted Caitlyn Jenner to call up Kim immediately, asking her to reconsider campaigning for her. “Kim, darling, I know you think our politics don’t align, but treating half a dozen gardeners like shit while paying them the absolute least really does feel like the kind of out-of-touch rich person evil that Caitlyn for California is striving for.”