Kanye West, the popular Christian artist has been sued for two – lawsuits from the workers of his last year’s show Christian Live Nebuchadnezzar, detailing various grievances surrounding their treatment and pay on the show.
In the lawsuit, the gospel rapper has been accused with unpaid wages to workers, wherein he failed to pay minimum wage and overtime, and refusing to provide appropriate meal and rest breaks when he hosted a series of shows at The Hollywood Bowl last year.
According to the Blast, the document they obtained detailed that Kanye and promoters Live Nation are being sued by multiple workers on the production, alleging “unpaid wages, continuing wages, damages, civil penalties, statutory penalties and attorney’s fees and costs.”
A new revised document concerning the lawsuits states that crew members they hired for the Nebuchadnezzar show filed the suit first. The performers later filed the second lawsuit. The legal action could reportedly amount to $1 million in damages against the rapper.
Both claim that Kanye misclassified the people he hired as independent contractors, rather than employees – meaning the rapper avoided thousands of dollars in taxes, as well as Californian labour laws that would require him to provide workers with basic privileges.
With all these allegations laid against him, the rapper is set to produce his forthcoming album. This was announced by Pusha T. During a conversation with manager Steven Victor on Instagram Live, Pusha T said both Ye and production duo The Neptunes had been enlisted for the LP.
Kanye premiered Nebuchadnezzar in November 2019, with a second Christian opera, Mary, following a month later.
New Musical Express (NME)