On December 21, 2012, Jane Smith, a former corporate controller for Nu Image, sued them as well as its CEO, Avi Lerner and Nu Image’s subsidiary, Millennium Films for wrongful termination. The trio is behind The Expendables and Texas Chainsaw 3D.
Smith uncovered and raised concerns about the company’s shell corporations which she alleges were used for tax fraud purposes, the misuse of company funds to cover company expense, bank fraud, falsifying documents and international money laundering.
When she spoke up about the illegal activities, she was retaliated against, harassed and subjected to a hostile work environment which included anti-Semitism and a denial of overtime compensation.
Sadly, at The Harman Firm, LLP, we have become all too familiar with tactics similar to Smith’s employers’. This is especially common when your ethics and sense of responsibility come across to your employer as a threat to their bottom line.
Further, when your employer doesn’t offer time-and-a-half for work after 40 hours per week, it is usually illegal—even if the company has a “no-overtime policy.”
In the past year, we have come across these kinds of employers more and more frequently and have the experience to make it stop. There are statutes of limitations, so if Smith’s situation sounds like your own, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible.