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Courtney Love Sued for Wage and Hour Violations, Wrongful Termination

July 19, 2012

In recent Los Angeles, California labor and employment news that Vincent Howard has been following, rock star and performer Courtney Love was sued earlier this month by a former assistant, for wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, and breach of contract, among other labor and employment violation allegations.

The lawsuit was filed by Love's former administrative assistant, Jessica Labrie, who accuses Love of failing to pay proper wages and overtime compensation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, and making unethical employment requests.

Labrie claims that after assisting Love from 2010 until 2011, she was fired for complaining that she was owed thousands of dollars in unpaid wages after working over 60 hours per week without receiving overtime.

Labrie also accuses Love of asking her to hire a hacker to change records to businesses that she reportedly owned, and asking her to falsify fake legal documents--but Labrie claims she refused to act accordingly. She claims in her wrongful termination and wage and hour lawsuit that the job caused her insomnia, anxiety, depression and headaches. She is seeking unspecified damages for failure to pay proper wages and overtime, breach of contract, wrongful termination, negligent misrepresentation, and intentionally causing emotional distress.

According to Vincent Howard, who often discusses violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, (FLSA) in our Fullerton employment lawyers blog, under the FLSA, covered employees must receive a minimum wage at least $7.25 per hour, plus overtime payment of one and one-half their regular rates of payment for all hours worked beyond forty hours in a week of work--including incentive compensation, job commissions, and bonuses.

This is not the first legal issue Love has had this year. Last month the singer was sued by former attorney Keith Fink for nonpayment of over $400,000 in legal fees. Fink was reportedly hired to represent Love in a number of legal matters in 2009, ranging from a Twitter defamation battle, where Love was sued by a fashion designer over statements she made on Twitter, to Love's claim that she and her daughter have been defrauded out of royalty income from the success of her late husband, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.

Contact attorney Vincent Howard at Howard Law, PC today, for a free consultation about your labor and employment rights in Orange County, California.

Courtney Love, Horrible Boss? Singer Sued for "Despicable Conduct," E! Online, July 10, 2012

Courtney Love Lawsuit: Jessica Labrie, Ex-Assistant, Sues For Unpaid Wages, AP/The Huffington Post, July 10, 2012

Courtney Love's Ex-Lawyer Sues Over Fees, Details Her Legal Exploits, The Hollywood Reporter, June 26, 2012

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Department of Labor (DOL): Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

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