Jay-Z is being sued in federal court by the lawyer representing a lawsuit brought against him by former employees of the rapper’s 40/40 club, who claim they were denied hourly wages and were compensated only by tips.
Michael DiMattia says he wants off the case because the rap mogul has yet to pay his fee, reports the New York Post. The attorney recently wrote a letter to Manhattan Federal Court Judge Loretta Preska, who is presiding over the case.
In July of 2008, Judge Preska ruled that the owners of the Manhattan club violated New York labor laws after reviewing the earning reports for various employees, who showed they were not paid for working overtime.
Almost 400 employees could be eligible to collect money should the 40/40 club eventually lose the lawsuit.
Rex Burch, a lawyer representing the workers, was shocked at Jigga’s lack of payment, which does not stem from financial hardship, as Jay-Z earned over $82 million dollars from 2007- 2008.
“It’s astounding,” Burch told the New York Post. “For rap’s biggest mogul, you’d think this amount of money would be chump change.”
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