Kim Kardashian’s maintenance and cleaning crew are taking her to court for allegedly failing to pay wages, provide meal breaks, and cover expenses.
According to legal documents obtained by gossip website TMZ, seven staffers who say they worked for Kim at her Hidden Hills property are suing her, claiming they were told upon hire they were full-time employees. However, they say they were treated as independent contractors instead, so they weren’t able to get full-time employee benefits.
A representative for Kim K told the gossip site that she ended up hiring a third-party vendor for the ongoing maintenance and cleaning services, so they are the ones responsible for paying the workers. The rep insists Kim “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.”
In the documents, the workers allege they were not given pay stubs, not paid on a regular schedule, not given meal and rest breaks, not properly reimbursed for expenses, not provided a system to record their hours, so they weren’t paid accurately for the hours worked, including overtime.
According to the lawsuit, one employee claims he was fired after he inquired about his rights and those of his 16-year-old son, who worked more than the maximum hours allowed for a minor under California labor law. The workers are seeking damages and other penalties.
Kardashian puts the blame squarely on the vendor. One source told the gossip site that “Kim has never missed a cellphone bill payment, let alone payment for workers at her home.”