Jay-Z Pays Below Minimum Wage? Appeals Judge To Drop Lawsuit
Reportedly hip-hop rapper Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter aka “Joe Camel” has appealed to a federal judge to drop a lawsuit accusing him of illegal wage practices. The music mogul was sued by a former 40/40 nightclub waitress named Celeste Williams in May. The waitress stated that Carter and his business partner Juan Perez paid their staff below minimum wage.
Jay-Z’s attorneys argued that the him and his partner, Juan Perez, are shareholders and are not employers of the club. So how did the rapper reportedly state that he leaves daily operations of the nightspot in the hands of management?
“It may be plaintiffs named these individuals as defendants solely because Shawn Carter is a public figure and plaintiffs hoped to draw publicity to extract a quick settlement,” lawyers for Jay-Z and the club wrote in court papers filed yesterday.
Jay-Z is “a Grammy Award-winning rapper and businessman who is of obvious interest to the media and the public,” but he and his partner play “no role in payroll whatsoever” and is not “a statutory employer.”