Jay-Z seeks dismissal of wage suit

July 31, 2007 at 11:16 AM

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) -- Hip-hop artist Jay-Z says a federal lawsuit for illegal wage practices at his New York club should be dismissed because he's not involved in daily operations.

Lawyers for Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, argued that the Grammy Award winner and his partner, Juan Perez, were shareholders and had "no role in payroll whatsoever" at the 40/40 Club, the New York Post reported Tuesday. Daily operations of the nightspot were left to its management.

A class-action lawsuit filed by a former waitress in May claimed the singer's sports bar pays waiters, bartenders and other staffers below minimum wage.

"It may be plaintiffs named these individuals as defendants solely because Shawn Carter is a public figure and plaintiffs hoped to draw publicity to extract a quick settlement," lawyers for Carter and the club said in court papers filed Monday.

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