A former private chef for Clive Davis alleges the music producer’s household usually despatched him to purchase groceries twice a day through the pandemic — and as soon as even despatched him out to buy a single jalapeño pepper when others have been in quarantine, in response to a brand new lawsuit.
Chef Hernando Hoyos filed the suit in opposition to Davis and his firm in Queens Supreme Courtroom on Wednesday, alleging he was labored like a canine and never paid extra time — and was then fired when he complained about it.
Hoyos started working for Davis at his Pound Ridge, New York, house in August 2019 and was initially anticipated to work 44 hours per week as Davis would solely go to the house on weekends, his suit alleges.
However in June 2020, when Davis moved into the house full-time, Hoyos’ hours almost doubled, the courtroom paperwork declare.
Hoyos needed to prepare dinner all meals, clear up, wash dishes, go grocery procuring and assist the housekeeper vacuum and raise heavy objects, the courtroom submitting alleges.
“Mr. Hoyos was additionally always cooking for visitors who visited the house incessantly throughout this time, together with on weekends,” the courtroom papers declare.
“Mr. Davis’ household would usually ship Mr. Hoyos to the grocery store twice a day, in the course of the pandemic, and even despatched him to the grocery store as soon as to purchase a single Jalapeño, in the course of the pandemic,” the suit expenses.
“As others have been quarantining within the early months of the pandemic, Mr. Hoyos risked his well being for Mr. Davis and his household.”
In early July, as an alternative of paying Hoyos extra time, Davis allegedly allowed him to take a half-day off every week. By July 18, Davis reneged on this association, prompting Hoyos to ask to be paid extra time for all the additional work hours, the courtroom papers declare.
Davis then “proceeded to terminate Mr. Hoyos’ employment on or about July 18, 2020 as direct retaliation for Mr. Hoyos’ request for extra time pay. Mr. Davis stated that he doesn’t pay extra time, and that Mr. Hoyos ought to be ‘grateful he has a dream job,’” the courtroom papers allege.
Hoyos is looking for $250 for every work week that he allegedly did extra time with out being compensated for it. He’s additionally looking for attorneys’ charges and different unspecified damages.
“It’s actually troubling that an individual of Davis’ affect pressured my shopper to get him a single Jalapeño within the crux of the pandemic and didn’t have the decency to pay him his extra time,” stated Hoyos’ lawyer Matthew Blit of Levine & Blit.
“It’s despicable that the world is studying Web page 6 tales about Davis out partying, having birthday bashes and internet hosting superstar crammed occasions on the backs of cheated and underpaid staff.”
Davis’ lawyer Donald Zakarin stated in an announcement, “Mr. Hoyos and his lawyer filed a grievance at this time that’s crammed with allegations which can be demonstrably unfaithful.”
“In addition they omit materials info, together with that Mr. Hoyos requested Mr. Davis to pay him off the books, an inappropriate request that Mr. Davis correctly rejected,” Zakarin continued.
Blit responded: “Mr. Hoyos could be very excited to have his day in courtroom. As a substitute of meals, this time round Mr. Hoyos will probably be serving justice.”
The music mogul simply celebrated his 89th birthday with his household at Miami scorching spot Prime 112 over the weekend. In February, he was identified with Bell’s palsy, which causes short-term facial paralysis.