Rap mogul T.I. has been hit with a lawsuit by his former employees at Scales 925, his downtown Atlanta restaurant.
Twelve ex-staffers filed the lawsuit Tuesday at the U.S. District Court in Atlanta against Tip (real name Clifford Harris, Jr.), his business partner Charles Hughes and the restaurant management group. They alleged that the restaurant refused to hand over their final paychecks and “threatened to call the police” upon requesting the payment, reports The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.
The plaintiffs also claimed they were not properly paid for services rendered, citing the Fair Labor Standards Act. The documents also state that Hughes used Scales’ LLC to create bank accounts for payroll and would deposit money from the restaurant into his personal account, which caused payroll checks to bounce.
They also allege that “Hughes has made fraudulent statements to restaurant employees concerning the hours the employees worked at SCALES 925. For example, Hughes used a time and billing software call ALOHA for keeping track of employee hours. The software would delete hours or not keep track of hours exceeding 40 hours per week. Employees complained to Hughes but were told it was nothing he could do. Hughes also implemented the time and billing software in such a way that it caused employees to claim $35 in tips when the employees did not, in fact, make $35 in tips. Employees were also coerced to work off the clock for three hours before they were allowed to go home.”
A rep for Scales 925 told Billboard over email, “We are aware of the filing. We take allegations like this seriously and are looking into the matter.”
Billboard has reached out to a rep for T.I. for comment.