SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 26 — Jasmine Burgess has sued Major Model Management for failing to pay her minimum wage.
On December 1, 2020, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge Gregory H. Woods, held a hearing. Inner City Press has it covered.
The modeling agency says it was up to Burgess to find work. Judge Woods asked if the contract was with Burgess or his LLP.
Her attorney said she started an LLP because she heard it was the right thing to do, but didn’t use it.
On February 1, 2021, Judge Woods held another proceeding and Inner City Press covered it again. The defendant says the allegations are inconsistent, alleging an employer/employee relationship and then denying it. Judge Woods said to file the motion to dismiss by Feb. 25.
On March 28, Judge Woods denied the motion to dismiss. On June 8, he held another conference and Inner City Press covered it again. Discovery is ongoing (class excluding current models).
On October 5, Major Model Management’s lawyers resigned. In proceedings covered by Inner City Press, they offered to show Judge Woods behind closed doors how much they were owed. Judge Woods said he accepted their offer and left them out of the case, giving MMM 30 days to retain new counsel or be found in default.
On November 15, Judge Woods held another conference on the case, and Inner City Press covered it again. MMM had a new board; his motions to dismiss were only partially granted, so the case continues, but with a 60-day stay.
On March 11, 2022, Judge Woods held another proceeding and Inner City Press covered it again. MMG is now bankrupt, but individual defendant Guido Dolce called with an Italian interpreter. He is still subject to discovery, but claims he does not have a personal email account.
On April 26, Judge Woods held another conference and Inner City Press covered the issue. This time, Judge Woods ordered a stay of the case, citing bankruptcy case In Re Major Model Management, Inc. 22010169-mg (SDNY Bankr.). A status letter is due no later than August 19.
The case is Burgess v. Major Model Management, Inc. et al., 20-cv-2816 (Woods)
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