Lisa Vanderpump and PUMP Are Sued for Not Properly Paying Employees

PUMP (Photo by Jon Viscott)

An employee of PUMP, the bar and restaurant owned by reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump and husband Ken Todd, are being sued by a former employee who alleges they don’t pay their employees properly.

The suit was filed last month

in Los Angeles Superior Court by Adam Pierce Antoine, whose lawyers are asking the judge to designate it as a class action matter that could include as many as 50 of PUMP’s employees.

In the lawsuit, Antoine makes a number of allegations, including that PUMP for at least four years has failed to pay employees the wages they were due, including overtime. Antoine also alleges that PUMP has failed to provide workers with breaks of at least 10 minutes for every four hours worked, as required by law, and has made employees work off the clock. He also alleges that PUMP has faked employee pay records.

Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd with Giggy.

The lawsuit was brought by Antoine’s attorneys, David Bibiyan and Diego Aviles of Bibiyan Law Group, against Pinky Beverly Hills LLC, the company controlled by Vanderpump and Todd. Vanderpump and Todd also are owners of Sur, a restaurant on Robertson Boulevard whose employees are featured in “Lisa Vanderpump Rules,” a Bravo reality TV show that took off after Vanderpump’s appearance in “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” They also in 2018 opened Tom Tom, a bar named after Sur employees Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz, who also appeared in “Vanderpump Rules.”

This isn’t the first lawsuit faced by Vanderpump and Todd. In June 2014 an L.A. Superior Court jury decided that the couple would have to pay $6,250 in compensatory damages and $100,000 in punitive damages to an employee of Villa Blanca, their Beverly Hills restaurant, who alleged that she was sexually harassed by an assistant manager at the restaurant. The judge also ordered Vanderpump and Todd and their business to pay $1.49 million in attorneys’ fees for the employee. The restaurant also was sued by by a food vendor for failing to pay its bill.

A Ferrari crashed into the Santa Monica Boulevard front of Lisa Vanderpump’s PUMP restaurant and bar on Sunday, Jan.5 (Photo courtesy of Manny Rodriguez)

And in 2013, Andrew Gruver and Ryan Carrillo, former employees of The Abbey and SBE Entertainment Group, sued Vanderpump and Todd and Elie Samaha, who had the master lease on the PUMP property. They alleged that had promised them he would invest $500,000 in a gay sports bar they hoped to open at 8948 Santa Monica Blvd., where PUMP opened in May 2014. The suit says that Samaha held the master lease on the property, formerly the home of the Java Detour coffee bar.

Gruver and Carrillo alleged that Samaha not only didn’t deliver on his promise of an investment, but that after signing an agreement to lease the property to them for $4,000 a month he turned around and leased it to Vanderpump and her husband, Ken Todd.

As of publication, PUMP hasn’t responded to WEHOville’s request for a comment on the lawsuit.

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Vigilant
Vigilant
5 months ago

Many businesses made on the backs of employees and suppliers.
Nothing new regardless of how hip and happening.
Eventually they fail.
BARNEY’S!

Landry
Landry
5 months ago

Rich people get sued all the time. I’ve known people who worked for them and had a great experience, especially with Lisa. Ken I heard can be moody. Lisa I heard was always lovely and fair. This just sounds like former employees looking for a payday. Happens all the time in businesses around this town

Adam
Adam
5 months ago
Reply to  Landry

Ever had some one steal thousands from you?

Woody McBreairty
Woody McBreairty
5 months ago

This is really disappointing. I was always a fan/admirer of Lisa & was always proud that she was such an integrated part of West Hollywood culture. Her public persona added even more glamor to the city that I’m sure generated a lot of favorable publicity. I was also always impressed by her love of dogs & her diligent work to try to end the slaughter of dogs in China, for human food, & her work on behalf of dogs locally as well. That’s all good & as a big dog lover myself, I loved her for that alone. From every… Read more »

Bill
Bill
5 months ago

To the Vanderpump Todd family: A little bit of good will goes a long long way.

Fun in 2020!
Fun in 2020!
5 months ago

Reality Show trailer trash adds more luster and class to WEHO.

Jonathan Simmons
Jonathan Simmons
5 months ago

There may be truth to some allegations. But to quote… MYSELF…

As a former Attorney protecting large wealth…

IT COSTS A FORTUNE BEING RICH!

Lawyers, claims from disgruntled employees, EEOC not first choice to decide a suit, but hit with big cash case.

It’s expensive being rich. I’m of course not rich, in fact poor, but I saw the rich attacked with lawsuits as fortunes grew.

Danny
Danny
5 months ago

I’m not surprised. Her Beverly Hills restaurant and Sur have been involved in heavy litigation for years. The Labor Commission does not play with these kind of claims. Most restaurant employee’s are living hand to mouth while Ms. Vanderpump is living like a queen.

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
5 months ago

only in WH. what a sad pathetic couple.

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