“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump and her husband Ken Todd are facing some legal difficulties. The couple is being sued by a former server at their Pump Restaurant, according to legal documents obtained by The Sun as reported March 19. The former employee is accusing Vanderpump of “failing to pay employees” and “manipulating time cards,” the Sun reported.
The former employee, Ernest Bennick, filed the lawsuit on behalf of himself and other former staffers at Pump, according to The Sun. Bennick originally filed the lawsuit in October 2020, claiming that Vanderpump and Todd “failed to pay overtime wages” to their employees for “at least” the past four years and required employees “‘to be on-call’ without compensation,” The Sun reported.
Court documents show Bennick served at Pump from July 2018 to December 2019, according to The Sun. He and the other employees also accused Pump of failing to pay them “the full amount of their wages after termination or resignation,” The Sun reported. Bennick wrote in his court documents that they would work “more than 10 hours” without California’s legally required rest and lunch breaks.
Vanderpump and Todd denied all the allegations in a formal response in November 2020, according to The Sun. Both parties will now formally meet in court for a hearing sometime in April, the outlet reported.
Vanderpump & Todd Have Faced an Employee Lawsuit Before
Unfortunately for the Bravo stars, Bennick is not the first employee to sue his former employers. Another former employee, Olivia Beverly Hanson, filed a lawsuit in July 2020 on behalf of herself and her co-workers. Hanson worked at SUR Restaurant & Lounge from October 2019 to January 2020.
Hanson claimed that Vanderpump and Todd “failed to pay workers minimum and overtime wages, provide proper meal and rest breaks, provide accurate wage statements or provide workers with pay stubs at the end of their employment,” according to court documents obtained by The Sun.
Some “Vanderpump Rules” stars came out after Hanson made the allegations, denying any form of misconduct from Vanderpump and Todd. DJ James Kennedy tweeted in August, “I’ve always taken a break when I wanted and have always gotten paid the correct amount. Even looking back since I was a busboy it was legit and fair. Been at sur for years now.”
The Couple’s Restaurants May Also Be in Legal Trouble
Vanderpump and Todd may be racking up some legal fees. Los Angeles produce supplier West Central Produce is suing Pump Restaurant and another of their restaurants, Villa Blanca, for past unpaid deliveries, TMZ reported February 19.
The produce supplier claims that the restaurants owe them nearly $100,000 plus interest for produce orders that were delivered but never paid for, per TMZ. Court documents indicated that West Central Produce “got its last payment from Villa Blanca in March 2020 for $8,890.10 … while PUMP forked over $9,144.70,” according to TMZ.
Both restaurants used to be Los Angeles hotspots until the COVID-19 pandemic hit. All three of Vanderpump and Todd’s restaurants temporarily closed in March, but Villa Blanca permanently closed its doors last summer. SUR reopened in September, and Pump briefly reopened in the fall before closing again until March 17, 2021, according to The Sun.
According to TMZ, Todd said that “while he wasn’t aware of the lawsuit, if he owes money to anyone, he’ll make sure his accountants get WCP paid. He says COVID has been a tough time for everyone in the restaurant biz.”