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Live Nation face wage theft lawsuit from former security team

Accusers claim the events company failed to pay minimum wages and provide lunch breaks to staff, which Live Nation deny

  • WORDS: BECKY BUCKLE | PHOTO: BATISTE SAFONT
  • 13 September 2023
Live Nation face wage theft lawsuit from former security team

Live Nation Entertainment has been hit with a wage theft lawsuit.

Filed by Bibiyan Law Group, pursuant to the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), it claims that the music giant has failed to provide “compliant meal and rest periods, failure to compensate workers for off-the-clock labour and failure to provide workers with accurate itemised wage statements” reports Law.com.

The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, September 2 on behalf of a former security guard for Insomniac, King Johnson.

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Johnson’s case is under the California Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 as he claims that Live Nation’s Insomniac Holdings, LLC violated California labour law with him suing the employer for themselves as well as all other employees who have been similarly harmed by alleged labor code violations.

The defendant claims that Insomniac required employees who had clocked out to “remain on-call,” complete pre-shift and post-shift tasks, work through meal periods, “don and doff” uniforms or safety gear, attend company meetings, and drive or make phone calls.

The complaint also suggests that Insomniac adjusted time entries “to show fewer hours than actually worked” according to Pitchfork with the company not paying minimum wage for all hours worked.

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Other allegations Pitchfork have reported include “failing to provide itemized and accurate wage statements, failing to pay employees for their paid time off and vacation time, and failing to reimburse the costs of driving personal vehicles or purchasing uniforms and safety gear.”

The complaint continues to allege that Insomniac did not provide the legal mount of paid sick leave required under California law.

Insomniac shared the following statement with Pitchfork: “This case is not factual. King Johnson never worked for Insomniac, and Insomniac was never involved in his payroll, time keeping or any other management function associated with him. He seems to have worked for a third-party security company. As such, we are filing to have this matter dismissed.”

[Via: Pitchfork]

Becky Buckle is Mixmag's Multimedia Editor, follow her on Twitter

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