By Ismael AbduSalaam
A class-action lawsuit against Jay-Z and his 40/40 Club has been approved by a New York City judge. The New York Post reports that the plaintiff, former employee Celeste Williams, is claiming the club did not pay minimum wage or compensate for overtime hours.
Due to this allegation the courts have ordered 40/40 management to disclose the names of all employees since 2005. “This is a good day for restaurant workers all over the city,” said Williams’ lawyer Maimon Kirschenbaum in a statement to media.
Kirschenbaum also revealed that he plans to contact hundreds of other current and former employees to gauge their interest in joining the lawsuit. He claims that 10 to 20 former and current workers have joined the suit, which includes waiters and bartenders.
However, Kirschenbaum did not speculate on possible settlement sums, as he has not had the chance to analyze’s 40/40’s financial records.
Representatives for Jay-Z and the 40/40 club have yet to comment on the case.
There will be none of the standard "executive villainization" of Jay Z for he is still 'from the streets' despite his hundreds of millions of dollars. Funny how that works.