Last night, someone tweeted me that there was yet another lawsuit against Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd regarding their restaurant management practices. That is like saying “Hey, you guys! Lisa Rinna is laughing at her own jokes again!” It’s not exactly earth shattering news. I kind of enjoy both of those things but for different reasons. But to be honest, this time another LVP lawsuit is getting kind of old. I put out some feelers with sources last night and this what is going on.
There were in fact two (POTENTIAL) class action lawsuits filed this year. The first one was filed in January of 2020 against Pump and Tom Tom filed by a guy named Adam Pierce Antoine an employee who worked at one or both of the restaurants for a whooping four months at the end of 2018. This one doesn’t have much merit. First of all, he is required by California law to first petition the Labor Commissioner (Department of Labor Standards Enforcement) who has jurisdiction. Then the Labor Commissioner’s office determines if it warrants a hearing in California Superior Court. He didn’t do that. So the Superior Court kicked the case back down to the Labor Commissioner. It doesn’t seem to have met the standard to carry on. This sounds like a disgruntled employee.
TWO VERY SIMILAR CASES
The latest Lisa Vanderpump lawsuit was filed on July 31 by Olivia Beverly Hanson, this case actually could a bit of credibility to the other case. However, although Hanson also only worked at SUR for four months. Both cases assert that the restaurants failed to follow California labor laws. In both cases they claim they were forced to work overtime and that they were not properly compensated. Both cases claim that their wages were manipulated to appear to comply with the law.
To me, this seems like a pattern starting to form. Also, Villa Blanca recently closed down conveniently during the pandemic a story exclusively broken on Tamara Tattles. In my opinion, the reason for that was All of the lawsuits they lost and the seven figure payout that broke the bank. You can click here and scroll back for many, many posts on those lawsuits over the years. The Villa Blanca cases involved sexual harassment rather than violations of California wage laws
Perhaps based on the Villa Blanca lawsuits, Tamara Tattles exclusive source claims that Lisa Vanderpump and Ken retained a top labor firm to handle these type cases and have done so by resolving allegations via monetary settlement. Tamara Tattles exclusive source states that the plaintiffs are subject to fines if they file their cases in Superior Court without first going through the Labor Commissioner’s Office. The first one failed to do so. If the second did go through the proper channels it can take up to three years to process the case. And that doesn’t take into consideration the backlog of cases due to the pandemic.
So, there won’t be anything going on with either of these cases anytime soon. Is it me or do Lisa and Ken seem to get sued an awful lot. Even Vanderpump Dogs has been sued this year.