MIAMI — A Miami man recently filed an unpaid overtime lawsuit against rapper Birdman in Miami-Dade Circuit Court alleging the entertainer failed to pay him for two years while living and working in his Palm Island mansion.
The lawsuit seeks two years of regular hourly pay and unpaid overtime wages, as well.
The former employee claims he frequently worked 70-hours per week performing various tasks, without pay or overtime wages. The plaintiff claims the rapper agreed to pay him a $4,000 salary per month, about $25 per hour but failed to do so over the last 112 weeks of employment.
In all, the plaintiff’s lawsuit asks the court for $154,000 in unpaid wages, $129,000 in regular salary and $42,000 in overtime. According to the employee, the defendant refused to pay him despite raking in an impressive $500,000 in earnings each year.
It remains unclear why the plaintiff continued to remain in Birdman’s service without being paid for over two years. However, attorneys for the plaintiff responded to those issues by indicating he may have been star struck by the rapper and his lavish lifestyle.
Plaintiff Took Over a Year to be Served in Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit
According to local media reports, the plaintiff tried to serve the defendant with the Miami unpaid overtime lawsuit but could not track down the music icon.
The defendant worked for Birdman from September 2012 to February 2015 but was only recently able serve the suit on him.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Florida overtime pay laws, employees must be paid one and a half times their regular hourly rate when working overtime hours. The threshold for overtime pay is 40-hours per week.
Depending on the circumstances of a case, plaintiffs may be able to recover up to either two or three years of back wages. The statute of limitations is extended to three-years in cases where the defendant can be proved to have knowingly violated the FLSA and state wage laws.
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