“Scales 925” Employee Said TI & Partner Cheated Him Out Of His Wages
Rapper TI has asked the court to throw out a case where an employee accused him and his partner of scamming him out of their wages.
TI, whose real name is Clifford Harris filed paperwork in Georgia federal court to toss Avery Lee’s suit against him and partner Charles Hughes, which alleges TI and Hughes frittered away Scales 925’s profits and their alleged bad business dealings and habit of shorting workers’ wages violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Lee said that TI and Hughes ran Scales 925 into the ground by paying themselves exorbitant salaries while short changing staff and failing to pay payroll taxes.
The former restaurant employee said Harris and others “failed to adhere to the standards of fiduciary conduct and have breached such standards (of) fiduciary conduct is set forth in the common law of Georgia and by applicable statutes,” which helped ruin Scales 925’s finances.
But TI said in a motion Aug. 15 that the case should be thrown out, because the case belongs in state court – not the federal court system. TI also said Lee doesn’t spell out what his claims for compensation are.
And in a separate answer, the men said that Lee’s case didn’t have a leg to stand on because Lee himself had acted unethically, his claims were barred by the statute of limitations and that they’d never been properly served. TI and Hughes denied that they’d misappropriated Scales 925’s money or short changed their workers. They also said the plaintiff can’t prove that their alleged conduct violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.
TI said that they don’t owe Lee a dime and asked the judge to throw the case out.
A judge has yet to rule on the motion.