Snoop Dogg makes his bodyguards work like dogs and fires them when they bark about it, according to three ex-guards who are suing the rapper for $3 million.
Former bodyguards Torrey Mitchell, Donnel Murray and Ryan Turk said the hip-hop artist fired them earlier this year after they complained about their working conditions, according to a lawsuit the men filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that was obtained by Courthouse News Service. Besides working security for the rapper, the men said they also ran errands for Snoop Dogg and his family and shuttled him to “recording studios, clubs, concerts, red carpet affairs, and his separate apartment used for entertaining his many female acquaintances."
The men also sued their supervisor, Al Gittens, accounting firm Gerber & Co. and Beach City Music, claiming they violated California labor laws. They complained they could only sleep three hours a day while Snoop Dogg was on tour; that they were not given morning, lunch and afternoon breaks; and that the defendants never kept records of their work hours.
The ex-bodyguards accused Snoop of skirting California’s overtime pay laws, claiming the rapper paid overtime after 12 hours of work instead of after the state mandated eight hours. They said they received $300 a day when Snoop was touring and $25 an hour plus $37.50 in overtime when the rapper wasn’t on the road.
"Defendants did not pay plaintiffs double time at any point during plaintiffs' employment," the lawsuit says. "In January of 2014, after innumerable complaints made to Al Gittens, Snoop Dogg, and the remaining defendants regarding unpaid overtime and numerous labor code violations, defendants summarily terminated all plaintiffs' employment.”