Clowns sued for wage theft

Clowns sued for wage theft

A group of clowns is suing their former employer,, for multiple labor violations.

Four people — Brian Angulo, Cameron Pille, Yanina Salorio and Xander Black — filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging that Adolf Rodriguez and Erica Barbuto, the owners of and their former bosses, misclassified them as freelancers over the years. they were not paid a normal salary.

The lawsuit alleges that the Long Island-based company, which provides entertainers for events, violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York State Labor Law.

Yes, the owners of did not provide employees with detailed salary reports as required by New York State law. “As a result, the plaintiffs did not know exactly how their weekly wages were calculated, and thus were deprived of information that could have been used to challenge and prevent the theft of the money,” the plaintiffs claim.

For example, clowns were not paid for time “spent in the warehouse collecting and loading equipment and materials into vehicles,” as well as for time spent traveling between parties and processing them.

In a statement from lawyers for “Employee Misclassification is No Joke,” Cameron Pillay said, “For years, has treated clowns, mostly young actors who have no prior training in clowning, who accept the job to make ends meet. , as independent contractors.”

Pillay herself was fired almost immediately after telling a colleague that not providing pay stubs was illegal. Yanina Salorio claims that when she contracted COVID-19 and was unable to work, her superiors did not believe her and sent her a Q-Anon video about the pandemic. Soon the woman found a new job and became a music teacher, but her former superiors contributed to her dismissal.

Also, clowns claim that their bosses saved on costumes and deducted from their salaries shoes that they didn’t even wear. “For example, in 2019, the defendants bought new shoes allegedly for clowns and artists. But the shoes were cheap and uncomfortable, so some plaintiffs didn’t wear them. However, the defendants deducted the cost of the shoes from the salaries of the plaintiffs and other clowns and entertainers,” the lawsuit states.

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