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Metallica Drummer Sued for Wage and Hour Violations and Employee Misclassification

February 23, 2011

According to recent California employment news that our Orange County, California labor and employment attorneys have been watching, Lars Ulrich, lead drummer for the famous band Metallica, has recently been sued by his personal assistant for employee misclassification and wage and hour violations.

Steve Wiig, who reportedly worked for Ulrich from 2001 until 2009, claims that he was considered "non-exempt" from overtime laws as an employee while performing various duties for the drummer, that included acting as his personal assistant, a chauffeur, an art collection manager, schedule manager, and other job responsibilities while on tour and at home with the musician.

Wiig claims in the California wage and hour lawsuit that he worked up to 70-hours per week while at Ulrich's studio and home, and up to 80-hours per week while he was on tour with Ulrich and the band--being on duty twenty-four hours each day, seven days a week. Wiig also claimed that under oral agreements he was supposed to receive yearly bonuses, and failed to receive these in 2006 and 2008. After he left the job in 2009, he claims he was not paid for the overtime accumulation that he was owed.

As our attorneys discussed in a related Carson, California employment lawyer blog, employee misclassification is a frequent violations of wage and hour laws. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees must be paid overtime for all hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek, unless qualifying for an exemption of overtime laws.

In Riverside, California contact our attorneys at Howard Law, PC today.

Former aide sues Metallica drummer for overtime pay, Marin Independent Journal, February 10, 2011

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

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