Lisa Vanderpump and her husband/business partner Ken Todd have once again been accused of not paying their restaurant employees.
As The Ashley previously told you, a former employee by the name of Adam Pierce Antoine reportedly filed a class-action lawsuit against the restauranteurs in mid-December for failing to pay minimum and overtime wages. Nearly eight months later, former SUR employee Olivia Hanson has filed a similar lawsuit against the couple on behalf of herself and other co-workers, The Sun reports.
(Lisa and Ken’s business partners, Guillermo and Nathalie Zapata, are also named in the suit.)
Court documents allege Lisa and Todd “failed to pay workers minimum and overtime wages, provide proper meal and rest breaks, provide accurate wage statements or provide workers with pay stubs at the end of their employment.” These allegations are similar to the ones made in Adam’s lawsuit, though he also accused his employer of manipulating or editing time records to show lesser hours worked and of not paying minimum wages for hours off the clock when employees were in training or on call.
Documents claim Olivia is requesting a jury trial and is seeking damages for all wages earned and owed. Her request also includes “minimum and overtime wages, damages for unpaid premium wages from missed meal and rest periods and damages for gratuities earned but not received, among related reparations.”
In a statement to Page Six, lawyers for SUR denied the allegations.
“SUR denies the allegations in the lawsuit brought by our former employee, Olivia Hanson,” the statement reads. “The company takes employee compensation very seriously and has extensive policies and procedures in place to comply with the wage laws. We care deeply for our employees and are committed to providing them with fair and competitive compensation that is fully compliant with the law. During this difficult and challenging time, we will continue to strive to responsibly and safely reopen our restaurant in order to return our valued employees back to work.”
While Lisa confirmed last month that her Beverly Hills restaurant Villa Blanca had closed, she remains a co-owner of PUMP, SUR and TomTom in West Hollywood and the Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
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🌸 We had such an amazing time meeting the thousands of you that came to @CaesarsPalace’s Vegas Uncork’d by @BonAppetitMag Event! We went through hundreds of bottles of @VanderpumpRose, mingled with guests & enjoyed the night by the pool! Thank you to everyone who came out to our sold out event at #VanderpumpVegas the night prior… we had a blast! #CaesarsPalace #LisaVanderpump #BonAppetit
This recent lawsuit is the second to hit Lisa and/or one of her businesses this year, as a former groomer at Vanderpump Dogs, the dog rescue facility owned by Lisa, filed a lawsuit in January against The Vanderpump Dogs Foundation on claims of sexual harassment and wrongful termination. The former groomer alleged she resigned from her position at the facility “because of the intolerable working conditions created by her manager” and his superiors.
Despite that lawsuit, it was recently announced that Lisa is set to star in a new spin-off show about her dog rescue, which will air on Peacock – the newly-launched streaming service from NBC Universal.
Lisa also announced last week her plans to launch a podcast, where she will discuss topics including business and entrepreneurship.
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I have finally started preparing for my own Podcast show! I am excited to connect with you guys more through this series, and I would love to hear what topics and questions you have for me! Business, entrepreneurship, design, restaurants, wine & cocktails, food, cooking, activism, philanthropy, dogs, ponies, marriage, relationships, sex.. or lack thereof lol! I would love to focus on all aspects of my life and have some great discussions with you! Submit your questions if you have them to LVP@kastmedia.com so that your ideas can be part of my first couple of episodes!
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