Employee’s Wages Put in a Bad “Situation” by MTV Reality Star

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, best known for his appearance on all six seasons of the MTV reality show Jersey Shore, is being sued by a former employee for failing to receive her final check at his tanning salon, Boca Tanning Club.

Though Sorrentino seems to be doing well financially–he made more than $5 million in 2010 through endorsements (the second highest of any other reality star after Kim Kardashian)–his tanning salon in Middletown, NJ seems to be on the edge of a major break down. 

The woman accusing The Situation of not paying up, says that every paycheck she received during her 3 months of employment bounced. Sorrentino would eventually give her cash to make up for the bounced check but when she quit in June, her final paycheck also bounced. According to this article by TMZ, the tanning salon’s bank account has been closed, a clue that the tanning salon is gone for good. 

In order to receive her final pay check, the former employee was instructed by police to file a lawsuit.  Under California law, employees must be paid their final paycheck immediately when terminated or within 72 hours if the employee quits.

What do you think of a multi-millionaire refusing to pay his employees on time? Underfunding of businesses is not uncommon and can lead to individual liability.

*image by Alexis O’Toole, Flickr

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