No Star Treatment for Celebrity’s Employees

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Here’s a tip: keep your employees happy

Actress Jessica Biel has played many roles on the big screen, but she is now playing a very different part – that of defendant.

Recently, nine employees accused the Hollywood star and her business partners, including Estee Stanley, Joey Gonzalez, Kimberly Muller, and Jonathan Rollo, of withholding gratuity that they were legally entitled to collect.  The employees, who were mostly former employees, are suing Biel and Au Fudge for fraud, stealing employee gratuities, and other damages. Plaintiffs contend that the owners pocketed gratuity collected at private events, which reached over $430,000. Additionally, plaintiffs claim to be victims of other illegal payroll practices, including not receiving compensation for overtime work and other wage withholdings. The disgruntled employees also accuse the restaurant owners of denying them meal and rest breaks that they were legally entitled to. Read more

Superstar’s Sexual Assault Lawsuit Goes Viral

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Fans give three cheers for Swift

Celebrity Taylor Swift has millions of fans, but it’s safe to say David Mueller is not one of them.

This past week, Swift has been defending allegations in a Denver courtroom that the former DJ touched her inappropriately at a meet-and-greet event in 2013. After the photo shoot that evening, Swift reportedly complained to security personnel and family that Mueller, who posed for the picture with Swift and his girlfriend Shannon Melcher, intentionally reached under her skirt and grabbed her rear end. At the time of the incident Swift was 23 and Mueller was 51. Taylor Swift’s team told Mueller’s employer, KYGO, about the misconduct, which resulted in his termination two days later. Read more

Little Old Ladies From Pasadena Don’t Try To Choose The NFL

Decorative Scales of Justice in the Courtroom

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In the latest installment of the National Football League-to-Los Angeles saga, Pasadena City Council members voted 7 to 1 in favor of increasing the annual limit of big-time events at the Rose Bowl from 12 to 25.  The motive for adding dates lies primarily in temporarily bringing an NFL team (sic: the Jacksonville Jaguars) to the area while a new stadium in Los Angeles is finalized.  While the league, media, and NFL fans across the country would love for the entertainment capital of the world to have a team call Hollywood home the vote’s largest opponent may be its sternest competition: Pasadena residents.

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