Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Kandi Burruss’ Company Dissolved By State in Wake of Ex-Employee’s Lawsuit (Report)

Kandi Burruss and Johnnie Winston
Kandi Burruss and Johnnie Winston

*Kandi Burruss has reportedly lost one of her companies over incomplete paperwork.

According to Radar Online, a spokesperson from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office said of Burruss’ business Mama Joyce, LLC, “The secretary administratively dissolved the company on December 7, 2016 because the company never filed early registration since the formation date on March 25, 2014.”

The state dissolved the company after the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star was sued by ex-employee Johnnie Winston on October 27, 2016.

As Radar reported, Winston filed a lawsuit against Burruss in January 2016 for “failure to pay overtime and minimum wage in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.”

Winston, who claimed to have served as a studio manager, event planner and production coordinator from August 3, 2013 to February 29, 2016, alleged Burruss failed to pay him wages for time spent working in the recording studio, planning events, running errands, preparing meals for events, performing handyman and housekeeping duties, attending meetings, and more.

“Beginning in August 2013 and continuing through his termination on February 29, 2016, Defendants failed to pay Mr. Winston any overtime pay for performing his duties as required by the FLSA,” the complaint read. “Defendants failed to pay Mr. Winston the required minimum wage for performing his duties as required by the FLSA.”

Burruss denied his allegations and filed a countersuit, accusing him of breach of contract and defamation.

The case was closed on September 25, 2017 because the parties reached a settlement agreement.

Burruss’ business isn’t the only one that has been closed by the state.

As Radar previously reported, former RHOA star Phaedra Parks’ company Sweet P Productions, Inc, which she launched on June 20, 2003, was dissolved by the state on December 7, 2016 after she failed to pay the annual registration fee after 2015.

Also, co-star Sheree Whitfield’s retail company Bella Azul, Inc. was dissolved by the state on September 4, 2010. Whitfield started the business on April 8, 2002. “The last registration paid was in 2007,” a spokesperson told Radar. “The Secretary of State dissolved the company due to non-payment of annual registration.”

Kenya Moore voluntarily terminated her company Moore Vision Media, Inc on January 30, 2015.

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