Rapper Kanye West was sued by a choir that performed on his Sunday Service initiative.
As if losing his presidential bid was not enough, Kanye West had to deal with a lawsuit for nonpayment of wages. Here’s what we know about the choir members behind that lawsuit.
Last month, the Yeezy founder was accused of owing overtime funds for a staff team that was hired to work on his first Sunday Service event. This particular performance was based on the king of Babylon, a biblical figure. The event was held at the Hollywood Bowl and was produced by Live Nation. However, following the highly-publicized event, certain contract workers complained about not receiving their overtime pay. The show had taken weeks to organize and reportedly had a number of last-minute changes due to Kanye West’s perfectionist tendencies. As a result, over a dozen employees reported that they were never paid for their services. And now, an official lawsuit has been filed.
In documents obtained by The Blast, it appears that Kanye West and Live Nation are being sued for $1 million for “failing to provide pay stubs and failing to pay minimum wage and overtime,” as well as other grievances. The exact names of those behind the lawsuit still remain unknown. However, one particular hairstylist among the group claimed she was paid but is still owed overtime fees. According to the lawsuit, the hairstylist is owed “unpaid wages, continuing wages, damages, civil penalties, statutory penalties and attorney’s fees and costs.” The lawsuit also calls out the rapper and event promotion company for failing to “properly compensate the hair assistant and many dozens of other persons who performed services on the production, including the background actors, performing as audience members.”
With key staff being on the list of disgruntled workers, the lawsuit is not a good look for Kanye West’s Sunday Service brand. The suit goes on to claim that these defendants “oversaw, controlled and ran the production, and (…) worked many hours on the production and were not timely paid for their work, or paid at all.” Over an extended period of time, Kanye West has performed his Sunday Service shows across the country and around the world.
Kanye West spent a good part of 2020 working on his presidential bid, all while the Keeping Up With The Kardashians family members dealt with the repercussions of everything that the rapper said in public. After being allowed to be written in as a presidential candidate in a few states, Kanye received a total of 66,000 votes nationwide. When conceding the election, Kanye hinted at running again in 2024. However, he might want to get his legal affairs in order before then.
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