Torrey Mitchell, Donnel Murray, and Ryan Turk allege that they were underpaid and overworked over a span of years, and were terminated for filing complaints about it
Three of Snoop Dogg‘s former bodyguards filed suit on Friday alleging that they were wrongfully terminated for complaining about poor working conditions. The suit also goes into those working conditions, citing the defendants were overworked and underpaid.
The lawsuit lists Torrey Mitchell, Donnel Murray, and Ryan Turk as plaintiffs, with Beach City Music, Gerber & Co Inc., Al Gittens and Snoop Dogg himself AKA Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. as defendants. The suit also includes “Does 1-50” as defendants, to be identified when ascertained.
The court filing details the three plaintiffs’ working positions as bodyguards, with responsibilities including overseeing public interactions with Snoop Dogg and facilitating his travel to and from various events. The plaintiffs also stated that they carried out various minor errands, such as grocery shopping, for Snoop Dogg or his family members.
According to the filing, this work became “around the clock” while Snoop Dogg was on tour, with the plaintiffs sometimes getting as little as three consecutive hours of sleep. The suit states that the plaintiffs emailed their hours to their direct supervisor, Gittens, who was then to send them on to Gerber & Co, Inc. for processing and issuing of checks.
Defendants were paid $25 per hour, per the lawsuit, with an overtime rate of $37.50, but they allege that overtime didn’t kick in until the 12th consecutive hour of work. Further, when Snoop Dogg was on tour, they allege that they were paid a flat daily rate of $300. Further, they claim that they were not given breaks, nor were they allotted thirty minutes for a meal during full shifts.
The plaintiffs allege that the defendants did not keep accurate and itemized records of their wages, either. Finally, the suit alleges that the three men were terminated in January 2014 for filing complaints to the defendants about unpaid overtime and the cited labor code violations.
Plaintiffs are seeking damages to cover lost wages and premium pay, general and compensatory damages, and penalties, as well as punitive damages, and all legal fees. Defendants are seeking a total amount no less than $3 million. They are also demanding a jury trial.
The plaintiffs are being represented by Arnold Peter and Marcus Lee with Peter Law Group.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.