Friday, July 20, 2012

Rock 'n' Roll Double Feature! - COTW #101

I have quite a line up for you today - not one, but two, of the greatest music acts of all time. Do you love Motley Crue and Hole? Of course, we all do . . . or did . . . at least a little . . . maybe . . . like 20 years ago.

Tommy Lee is perhaps best known for creating the genre of celebrity porn as the drummer for hair band Motley Crue. While Tommy Lee is usually the one doing the rocking, according to HR Hero he is now the one getting rocked . . . by employment law!
[Lee's former assistant] now complains that Lee denied him overtime despite being on call 24 hours a day and working up to 16 hours a day when Lee was on tour. He also claims that whenever Lee was upset with him, he would dock his pay. Further, the lawsuit alleges Sullivan often paid for supplies for Lee, his family, and his business but wasn’t reimbursed for the expenses. But perhaps the impetus for the lawsuit lies in Sullivan’s accusation that Lee smeared his reputation and interfered with his ability to get another job in the rock world. The lawsuit alleges that after Sullivan left Lee’s service, Lee began "a campaign of disparagement" that sabotaged potential tour manager jobs with the bands Bush and Godsmack.
Motley Crue to Bush to Godsmack - It's like he's working his way through the 80s, 90s, and 00s. I wish him well, and that he one day makes it to bands that are currently popular. HR Hero reports that the case settled for $400,000.

I promised you a double feature. The second act (headliner?) is Courtney Love of Hole. Eric Meyer has the scoop on a former assistant's lawsuit against Courtney Love. He points us to a San Francisco Chronicle article on the same.
[T]he rocker's former assistant [claims] that she is owed unpaid wages and was subjected to unethical requests such as instructing her to hire a hacker and falsify legal letters.
She filed a lawsuit based on wrongful termination, wage violations, and breach of contract.

Perhaps we should change the cliche to sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, and employment law! Ok, maybe not.