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Lisa Vanderpump Sued For Allegedly Failing To Pay PUMP Employees!

Lisa Vanderpump is being accused of not compensating her employees fairly at her Los Angeles restaurant PUMP, less than one year after similar allegations emerged from SUR staffers.

A class-action lawsuit was originally filed against the former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star in August 2020 and amended two months later. Court documents obtained by Us Weekly cite a number of offenses, including failure to pay overtime wages, failure to pay minimum wages, and wage statement violations “for at least four years prior to the filing of this action and continuing to the present.”

The documents claim that employees who were “routinely working over eight hours per day, 40 hours per week and seven consecutive days in a work week” were not “properly compensated” for any overtime they logged. Vanderpump and her husband, Ken Todd, were also accused of “manipulating or editing time records to show lesser hours than actually worked” and “permitting employees to work off the clock.”

In November 2020, Lisa and her husband Ken Todd submitted a response to the court denying “both generally and specifically, each and every allegation contained” in the prior complaint. The couple stated that PUMP employees were fairly treated “at all times” and that the owners acted in accordance with California labor laws. A conference will be held in April to address the ongoing suit.

As mentioned above, this isn’t the first time LVP and Ken have come under fire for wage violations. In July 2020, employees at SUR filed a class-action lawsuit with nearly identical accusations of improper overtime pay.

Documents obtained by Us Weekly at the time claimed that the couple and their business partners, Guillermo Zapata and Nathalie Pouille-Zapata, failed to “accurately track and/or pay for all hours actually worked” and allegedly edited “time records to show lesser hours than actually worked during the pay period, to the detriment of Plaintiff and other situated employees.”

Vanderpump’s restaurants have been severely impacted by forced closures amid the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this month, Vanderpump announced that after “a long year,” she was planning to safely reopen PUMP in the near future.

“I am fully vaccinated [and] many of our staff are in process [of doing the same], numbers are way down,” she tweeted, seemingly shutting down rumors that the eatery was “suspended” after an alleged tax dispute.

However, The Sun reported that a failure to pay taxes, failure to file tax returns or failure to pay penalties or interest accrued on the taxes had prompted the California Franchise Tax Board to suspend the restaurant’s operations. According to the California Franchise Tax Board’s website, businesses must pay any alleged balances or file any allegedly past due tax returns in order to reopen. Vanderpump later addressed the allegations via Twitter, claiming the discrepancy was a “$250 filing fee from 2016.”


Source: Us Weekly
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