The suit was brought by former employee Adam Antoine in December of 2019 accusing the couple and their business Pinky Beverly Hills LLC of violating California labor laws for allegedly “not paying wages” or “providing meal breaks.”
Antoine accused Vanderpump and Todd — who own the Hollywood hot spots SUR, Tom Tom and Pump — of “manipulating or editing time records to show lesser hours than actually worked.” The former staffer also claimed that he did not receive proper meals or rest breaks during shifts.
After Antoine originally filed the suit on behalf of former employees — 153 former employees then joined him in the suit. Instead of going against the case in court, the married Vanderpump Rules cast members made the decision to settle.
Using a legal mediator, the former employee explained to the court that both parties had reached a settlement that will have the couple paying up $250k. All former employees who worked for their restaurants from December 16, 2015 until current will be eligible to receive payments.
"Both parties at mediation had strong positions regarding the certifiability of Plaintiff's claims, the merits thereof, the manageability of a trial, and the likelihood in recovering civil penalties for aggrieved employees," Antoine's attorney wrote in legal papers.
"Nevertheless, the parties concluded after considering the sharply disputed factual and legal issues involved in this litigation, the risks associated with further prosecution, and the substantial benefits to be received pursuant to the" settlement," the lawyer continued.
Representatives for the former employees will be given payments of $87,500 although Vanderpump and Todd did not directly cop to violating the labor laws and flat out denied the accusations.