LOS ANGELES, CA — A group of former production crew members who worked on the set of Nick Cannon’s upcoming film “She Ball” recently filed a class action unpaid overtime lawsuit against the 37-year-old entertainer to recover back pay and damages for not being paid while working on the set. The claim alleges that Cannon and others failed to pay up to 100 crew members for the work they put into the film while shooting last year. Cannon is credited as the film’s writer, director, and producer.
According to the unpaid overtime lawsuit, Cannon and his production company shortchanged the plaintiffs and was frequently late when making regular paychecks to drivers, grips, camera operators, lighting crews, location managers and set dressers. While Cannon claims he himself was not the source of the payroll issues on the set, his celebrity could attract enough attention to the claim to create unwanted publicity while promoting the film.
The lawsuit goes on to state that in addition to frequently late paychecks, the crew members were not paid overtime wages when working more than 40 hours a week, and were not allowed to take breaks and did not receive meals while on set. Under state and federal labor laws, employers are required to pay workers one and a half times their average hourly rate of pay when working past the 40-hour overtime threshold.
While the initial media reports do not indicate whether the claim was filed in state or federal court, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) allows all wage theft victims to bring lawsuits against employers in federal court if the damages are sufficient. Furthermore, FLSA unpaid overtime lawsuits allow wage theft victims to seek class action status and allow other similarly affected workers to recover their own unpaid wages. The FLSA allows wage theft victims to recover up to three years of unpaid overtime with interest, liquidated damages equal to back pay, and attorneys fees to cover the cost of litigating the case.
Film Crew Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit
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