theJasmineBRAND.com exclusively reports, Busta Rhymes is firing back at his former driver’s $236k lawsuit accusing him of screwing him out of overtime and age discrimination. The rapper is demanding the entire case be thrown out, due to him never being an employee, but rather an independent contractor.
Here’s the latest: On August 15th, Busta returned to court blasting his driver’s lawsuit explaining he isn’t owed a dime, because he was never his employee. The rapper says that Jones was an independent contractor and not an employee on his payroll. Due to him being a contractor, Busta says he doesn’t owe him overtime because he was never his employer. He denies the allegations that he discriminated against the man due to his age along with the alleged assault that took place. Busta is demanding the entire lawsuit be dismissed and the driver not be awarded.
Here’s the backstory: Earlier this year, the rapper’s driver, David Jones, filed suit against his former boss accusing him of screwing him out of salary and overtime pay. The man explained he worked for Busta from October 2014 until February 2016. On his last day of work he was allegedly assaulted by the rapper and fired for failing to wash his boss’ ride for the day – a GMC Yukon truck-limousine.
Jones accused Busta of age discrimination – with the driver being 57-years-old – claiming the rapper would often spew derogatory remarks like “You drive like an old man” and “You driving your age” — during times he would refuse to speed up when Busta demanded.
He explained he was hired to work seven-days-a-week starting at 2 p.m. and ended at 5 a.m. the next morning. The verbal agreement was that Jones’ would be paid $100k a year but he says he only received $85,753 for his work.
Throughout his time working for Busta, he would drive him and his family to various appointments and even to nightclubs. The ex-employee filed suit demanding $236,064 in monetary damages and wanted his legal bills paid for by the rapper.