T.I. has found himself facing a lawsuit filed against him by his former Atlanta based restaurant employees for unpaid wages due to the misappropriation of funds.
"Rubberband Man" rapper T.I. is being sued by 12 of his former downtown Atlanta restaurant, Scales 925, employees the Atlanta-Journal Constitution confirmed. The rapper, real name Clifford Harris Jr., along with business partner Charles Hughes and others of the management group are being accused of not issuing proper payment to the employees for services rendered. According to the report, legal documents obtained have accused management of depositing payroll funds into the personal bank account of Hughes, causing the employee payroll checks to bounce.
In addition to the bounced checks cited in the legal documents, the staff also claimed management was witholding their final checks, and upon arrival to the restaurant to collect the final payments, they were told to leave or police would be called, according to a Billboard report.
Harris, who often refers to himself as "Trouble Man," has yet to respond to the suit and was not specifically named as one of the managers who withheld funds but, as reported by AJC, Harris and Hughes share joint authority in business matters relating to the restaurant. According to the site, Harris and Hughes both share "the power to determine the pay rates or the methods of payment of the employees and the right, directly or indirectly, to hire, fire, or modify the employment conditions of the workers."
The employees, identified as Chrysten Wright, Monique Simms, Kurel Scott, Ongeli McMillan, Whitley Middleton, Sammy Davis, Jenair Perry, Millan Rodrigo, Shomari Davis, Keandra Daniels, DeMarquis Denson, and Cashara Tate, also claimed in the lawsuit that they would work more than 40 hours per week without being compensated with overtime pay, that additional monies would be taken from their pay to compensate the busboys and they were charged damage fees to cover any broken glasses, even if there weren't any.
They are all seeking back pay from the named defendants.