Kim Kardashian West sued by staff who claim they were underpaid and not given breaks – The Guardian

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  • California lawsuit accuses reality star of violating labor laws
  • Kardashian rep says outside vendor manages workers’ contracts

Wed 26 May 2021 23.43 AEST

Kim Kardashian West is facing claims from seven members of her domestic staff that they were not paid enough or given breaks while employed at her California home.

The plaintiffs claim Kardashian West failed to pay overtime, cover expenses and provide legally mandated breaks, according to a civil action filed in Los Angeles county superior court.

“Plaintiffs never received any paystubs, were not paid on regular pay 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,” the suit claims, according to NBC News.

The lawsuit does not include an amount sought from Kardashian West, other than to say “the matter in controversy, exclusive of interest, exceeds $25,000”. The action also claims Kardashian West withheld 10% of their pay for taxes but did not report their employment to tax authorities.

A representative said in a statement that Kardashian West could not be held responsible since the employees came through an unnamed “vendor”.

“These workers were hired and paid through a third-party vendor hired by Kim to provide ongoing services,” the representatives said in a statement.

“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.”

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