T.I. And His Business Partner Were Reportedly Sued By 12 Of Their Restaurant Employees
Clifford Harris, better known by his stage name T.I., is in the middle of a little legal controversy. The Atlanta rapper and his business partner, Charles Hughes, are being sued by 12 of their Atlanta based restaurant "Scales 925" employees over a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). According to the Washington State Human Resources website, the FLSA is "a federal law which establishes minimum wage, overtime pay eligibility, record keeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in federal, state, and local governments."
The 12 plaintiffs were specifically mentioning Hughes in the lawsuit for unfair pay practices, however because Harris shares jurisdiction in the restaurant he's just as liable. According to WSB-TV Atlanta, Hughes would deposit money from the restaurant's payroll bank account into his own personal bank account, and when employees would try to cash their checks, it would bounce.
To make matters worse, the employees complained that they would work more than 40 hours every week without getting paid overtime and were “coerced to work off the clock for three hours before they were allowed to go home.” Hughes regularly ignored their complaints, now the plaintiffs are seeking back pay.
No statements have been made from T.I. nor Hughes' team.