By Sandra Rose  | 

TI Scales 925

Rap mogul Clifford "T.I." Harris, Jr. is not here for his ex-employees' shenanigans.

The disgruntled former employees of T.I.'s Scales 925 restaurant filed a lawsuit claiming T.I. owed them thousands of dollars in back pay.

The former employees say they quit en masse after working tirelessly for weeks without wages or compensation.

The ex employees sued T.I. and his business partner Charles Hughes for unpaid wages.

But T.I.'s involvement in the establishment was limited to the role of co-owner in name only.

He went to court to respond to the lawsuit and absolve himself of any responsibility.

theJasmineBrand.com -- On September 15th, T.I. went to court and responded to the allegations by his former employees and demanded the entire case against him be thrown out. The rapper explains he did not exercise control over the nature and structure of the employment relationship or have economic control over them. Further, he says he was not responsible for the day-to-day operations and was not in charge of hiring or firing employees.

He claims the lawsuit doesn’t have any specifics about how he is individually responsible for the alleged allegations. T.I. is demanding he not be held personally liable for unpaid wages they allege to be owed, or for any liquidated or compensatory damages.

  • bella28498 .

    TI need to pay those ppl..... This is why I can never work for a black person until we get it together on a business end

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Here is the thing... If it were positive press or a positive situation, he would probably take credit. However, because this is a negative matter, he is distancing himself. If he was co-owner, she should have been more aware and involved in the finances. If you are harmed in anyway on the job, the company/owners are responsible even if they didn't directly have knowledge of the occurance. It's a liability of being a business owner.

  • A D N

    He has a legal stance if his role was as he stated.

  • chris

    Gotta pay the costs the be the boss.

  • OrchidJones-VidaLocaVirgo

    You know this takes me back to that whole Rush card Debacle. How quick are you to put your name on a business you've invested in but never test out or try out the glitches. When things go wrong you run or distance yourself from the issue. Your name is all on the paperwork but you don't step
    Up to remedy anything. Just sing that same ole song: IT AINT MY FAULT! Tip we don't believe you...you need more people! ???

  • Canary Red™
  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    T.I. has been very vocal for the cause(s) lately so I'm on his side?? Celebs aren't obligated to speak out, many times they are punished for doing so. His anti Trump sentiments alone...Wait, I wonder if that's why a certain blogger has turned on the kang? Whelp, in any event...Jumbled prison value lingo and all, I appreciate T.I...He's splontiffericly ludicrous...In a good way??

  • PrettyBrown28

    Soooo...all Black business owners are bad because of a few poor examples??

  • bella28498 .

    I hear so many of these stories it sad but true.

  • M1AM1DADE

    I agree. Identical circumstances involving Gladys Knight who lent her name to her son’s restaurants in the Atlanta area, similar to a celebrity endorsement. She was also not involved in any way with the operation of the restaurants. She did not face any criminal or civil charges in connection with the case. Now with that said hopefully Charles Hughes will rectify the situation sooner than later.

  • PrettyBrown28

    So I guess Enron, Tyco, Lehman Brothers are all owned by Black people. The folks from this restaurant are only short a couple of hundred dollars. People that worked for these major corporations lost thousands of dollars in pension, stocks, and 401k. Maybe you need to watch American Greed or catch up on the current events outside of a gossip blog to find out that bad business owners come in all races.

  • i troll it like i see it

    And why not just be a man about it? He can believe it's "not his fault" but that's childish. He's co-owner! Of course people are going to sue him too! Be a man about this mess, and resolve it quickly, then move on. What's the alternative? Leaving these people high and dry? I guess I got a problem with this from an ethical point of view. People are always trying to slither out of their responsibility. Just set a good example and pay those folks!

  • http://www.keenready.com KeenReady.COM ?

    I turned on him after he said men don't move on emotions but yet he did...and a woman can't run shiit...fck outta here...

  • http://www.keenready.com KeenReady.COM ?

    Chile...

  • bella28498 .

    Hmmmm and TI can't pay them a couple of hundred dollars? Believe it or not Tip situation hold more weight especially according to u it's only a couple hundred dollars. There are always major corps going out of business and why don't u educate yourself a lot of times when ppl get f u c k e d out of pensions sticking around a sinking ship a lot of times it's because ppl refuse to retire when the getting was good taking out new mortgages at 55 yrs old and can't retire due to making bad business decisions in the later years. 401k is the stock market sorry nothing guaranteed about that. Don't spew b.s rhetoric to me.

  • Jamie Jay

    No and I can sympathize with them. I've worked for a black owner in the past and was treated horribly. I said I'd never do the same again, you can't say what you'll do until you've been in those shoes. I think its wrong for people not to get paid for their hard work and TI should have more tact in how he speaks to them but I can't even take him serious after seeing him and wife laid up with those naked chicks in their groupie vacay. He was owner in name only, wow?! and hmmmm!

  • Jamie Jay

    No and I can sympathize with them. I've worked for a black owner in the past and was treated horribly. I said I'd never do the same again, you can't say what you'll do until you've been in those shoes. I think its wrong for people not to get paid for their hard work and TI should have more tact in how he speaks to them but I can't even take him serious after seeing him and wife laid up with those naked chicks in their groupie vacay. He was owner in name only, wow?! and hmmmm!

  • http://www.gogirlastrology.com ThaGuru

    I think he should do the ethical thing and just pay them. Anything that my name is associated with holds weight. If it's good, I profit, you profit and everybody wins but if its bad well,Bad publicity can discredit me. I saw how they spoiled thise kids for Xmas! It's not right to leave these people hanging. They have real lives and real bills to pay. I'm sure he money owed isn't even a million dollars and if it is, no amount of money is worth having your reputation ruined.

  • tynamight

    He went to court to respond to the lawsuit and absolve himself of any responsibility.

    *

    man! it sux 2 work for zero wages.

  • PrettyBrown28

    This response lets me know I need to stop because you truly don't understand and I'm wasting my time.

  • PrettyBrown28

    I agree with you. He's a terrible businessman and shows no sympathy or remorse regarding this situation.

  • bella28498 .

    Please stop, thank you just stop

  • PrettyBrown28

    He's not thinking on that level.

  • PrettyBrown28

    Chile, the article is about him paying people their money, nothing else.

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    I made it about whatever the phuck I wanted, chile??

  • PrettyBrown28

    So nasty, so rude. ??

  • StrangerDanger

    Although it may seem "n1ggerish" to refuse to pay those employees; it's in his best interest not to pay. Because those employees will quickly become creditors when the real owner files for bankruptcy protection. And if TI pays those employees now it can potentially make him equally/jointly liable to all the other creditors later.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ~MAJOR Mo'Nique sigh~

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    hi, happy Saturday. Here I'm is chillin on this hot Cali day and some random bish wanna bring negativity into my fortress of solitude. Ol bish. May the crown of her head thin out at an alarming rate??

  • Anji

    Thanx for the posting this link. :)

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Prof. Taco Juice

    Watch he's gonna make a song similar to this - https://youtu.be/_sApyrhHKiQ

    https://youtu.be/CtVteemLin4

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    Your restaurant. Your problem.

  • VeyoncèSupreme

    Smh. Floss soo much money in songs and videos but owe as much in bills just as the dude catching the bus with a 9 to 5.

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    I had an experience with a Black law firm that soured me from working for Black firms, not that there are many to begin with. There's nothing worse than you being hired for a position, them not wanting to pay you, then them wanting to exploit your skill set and not promote you and pay you commensurate with your experience and education. I was young but I wasn't stupid. And because I asserted myself, the main partner went around badmouthing me outside of the firm. He badmouthed me to my uncle (by marriage), telling my uncle I have a "bad attitude." If having a "bad attitude" is equivalent to me not taking shit from quasi-professionals who don't know how to file legal docs without them being rejected by a court clerk, then I'll be that. ?

    FYI: The firm dissolved shortly thereafter. The couple good attorneys there went on to better employment opportunities. One worked at a real firm that has been established for at least 30 years. The other went to the DA's office. She was one of the baddest women I've ever met in my life - in the legal field and in general.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    ??

  • bella28498 .

    Right and not to bad mouth our ppl but we are not known for good payroll. Like u said their out too many of us owning anything to begin with to have such a bad reputation.

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    BET was good for bouncing people's payroll checks when Bob Johnson owned the company. There's no excuse for that. That man had a company that was worth billions.

    The main issue with "us" is that we value things more than people. We disrespect each other, then complain when "others" disrespect us (when many times they're simply following our piss poor example). Stereotypes always stem from some facet of truth. There's a reason why people automatically assume Black women are single when they're mothers. There's a reason why people are shocked when they hear a Black man takes an active role in his child or children's life or lives. That's not the person's fault who assumes. I try to treat everyone as an individual, but everyone doesn't practice that.

    It's all a sad reality. As much as we want to raise our fists and pick our literal or figurative afros, it doesn't matter. That's not changing the statistics. I'm over the notion of "all" being this or that, too, when we are discussing BLACK. If a white woman wants to get down on all fours and suck a man off at Applebee's under the table, that's cool. Let Susan do Susan. But I'll be damned if I see Shamika doing it and I act oblivious. Nope. I'm my sister's keeper. I'm my brother's keeper. I say it with love and concern when I say we have to get our collective sh*t together. We need to reassess our priorities, stop trying to keep up with the Caucasians and find our collective moral compasses. We need to utilize those compasses early and often. We're about to be an endangered species on this earth, but people would rather argue than resolve our problems.

  • bemetoo

    see this the shat i be talking about..all on ig baiting people about some else child he need to be worrying about those 164564380885 law suites

  • bella28498 .

    It's only a couple hundred dollars, real talk before the issue reached this far TI should've paid them out of his pocket then closed up shop, how hard would that have been fair exchange no robbery. My friend own a bar in slow nights I seen him pay his staff out of his own pockets of need be. Good thing for him most nights does well.

  • NovemberFling

    He need a whole nother planet full of people. Cheap creep. Negro got it to pay these folks their earned wages, but won't. God don't like ugly...I hope his dwarf ass remembers that a few years from now when his "royal" empire comes crashing down.

  • Op2

    Co-Owner holds weight just like Co-Signers of loans. Creditors often sue and go after the cosigner when the other person stops paying. The same can be said for insurance companies and victims of a crash legally allowed to sue the co-Owner or co-signer of a vehicle too.

    Therefore, he knows what time it is and will be facing the judge to pay those people with interest. Afterwards, he might have standing sue his partner for reimbursement.

  • Op2

    She lent only her name without contracts. You compare that to someone being an equal business partner where down payments were involved as well as contracts showing equal partnership. The truth will come out the court will comb through their documentd business contract along with down payments and money transactions to see what was really going on. For now we can only speculate. Hope TI is not found to be a liar who is shifty, a man true to his word.

    The only way to avoid the public finding out truth is via a settlement before the final hearing. If he settles, then that too would speak volumes.

  • Op2

    Trying to distract by mixing or lumping two differ matters together will not work. A world of wealthy crooks and politicians are very vocal and charitable on one hand while equally doing dirt and crime on the other. The same goes with crooked pastors. Your implications point to why Black people will still sit up in church and listen to corrupted pastors with solid evidence while making excuses instead of discerning good from evil and leaving or firing to clean house.

  • Op2

    Nailed it!

  • CutdBS

    Broke nigga logic. If its only,....... why don't you pay IT? You don't know how much that man has in the bank! Shut up and go pay that $5 you owe

  • bella28498 .

    Actually that statement was made by a person who liked ur comment, but TI is reportedly worth 50 million ? And btw I'm far from broke, always and I do mean always remember you never know who ur having a casual conversation wit online. ? Have a nice day sunshine.

  • Kilroy

    Real talk. Black club and restaurant owners will sometimes beat employees out of their money. They do it to musicians all the time.
    Then when you go postal on the owner they want to call the ?.

    You need to pay ? ? up TI.

  • Kilroy

    Yep those devils are dirty filthy money changers too like trump for instance.????

  • Canary Red™

    You're welcome! ??

  • Michelle

    Of course he is liable. He is a co-owner in this establishment. The extent of his responsibilities as a co-owner is irrelevant and not the employees problem. This is why one should think long and hard BEFORE you put your name on something.

  • Jennifer Hudson’s Knees

    Lemme borrow something

  • Jennifer Hudson’s Knees

    Lemme borrow something

  • bella28498 .

    What cha need wha wha cha need I got it

  • Jennifer Hudson’s Knees

    I need abouwt *Trina Braxton voice* $600

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    WHOOT

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Fortress of solitude...

    You betta lay out by the infinity pool on a chaise with a Dominique Deveraux hat and shades...ooooh and a pool boy. Yes! A pool boy. ?

  • http://www.carmellestreasures.com/ Carmelle Simone

    I would never work for weeks without pay or compensation. First missed check I'm gone.

  • http://yeuphonic.com @yeuphonic

    This is a failure in business practice and ethics. Sadly, they could've got paid thousands from TI and themany strip club rap regulars at the booty club.

  • Renay Peters

    EXACTLY!!!??

  • Dee

    The only company that I worked for that messed over staff and crumbled was Black Owned. Never again for me unless it's myself.

  • Jones

    Preach!!!!!! Please preach. FINALLY...someone who gets it. See when I talk like this...they attack me online. It's like no one wants to face the freaking truth. Always trying to bring other races into it. We're talking about "us". We're talking about our problems in our communities. Sadly, until we admit that there is a problem....NOTHING will change..NOTHING. The black culture will never get ahead in life....because we're to busy focusing on ALL the things that DON'T MATTER IN LIFE.

  • Jones

    This is exactly why I didn't patronize this business in the first place. Smh...

  • bella28498 .

    ???????? thank u but like I said not to bad mouth out ppl but on the business end we need to get it together

  • Brazen Beauty

    Finally! The truth has been spoken.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Ikr......what kind'a sh!t they was on. Where they do that at!?!?!

  • Cayenne

    Just because someone is part owner of a company does not mean they are responsible for situations like this one. You guys do not know his role or part in this company. A lot of celebrities that are evolved in businesses like this one that are not solely theirs are really only the face of the establishment just like his involvement in his clubs. People really should know what their speaking on before speaking at all not knowing what the hell their talking about. That man ain't got shit to do with this situation.