Pop star Justin Bieber may be extremely successful for his age, but it appears that The Biebs may still have a few things to learn about being an employer and treating employees fairly.
According to reports, the superstar is being sued by a former bodyguard. The bodyguard claims that Bieber failed to pay him overtime wages. The ex-bodyguard also claims that Bieber assaulted him during a confrontation a few months ago. If the bodyguard’s allegations are true, Bieber could be liable for paying the ex-employee more than $400,000 in overtime wages and other employment benefits.
According to reports, the lawsuit was filed by Bieber’s former employee last week. The lawsuit claims that while the bodyguard worked for the pop star between March 2011 and October 2012, the employee was never compensated for overtime hours worked. The ex-employee claims that some days he had worked as many as 18 hours for the singer.
The former employee claims that even though it was often required to work more than 40 hours per week, he was told that he was not eligible to receive overtime wages. Now he believes that he was misinformed. So far, Bieber has not responded to the former employee’s accusations.
The bodyguard was supposedly fired by Bieber in October. According to reports, the two had a disagreement and Bieber had allegedly punched the bodyguard several times in the chest. The lawsuit states that the bodyguard should be compensated for more than $420,000 in overtime, vacation and other wage benefits. If the former bodyguard’s rights were indeed violated, Bieber, like any other employer, should take responsibility and make sure the bodyguard is properly compensated for his work.
Source: The Associated Press, “Justin Bieber sued by ex-bodyguard for assault, wages,” Jan. 10, 2013
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