A judge Tuesday ordered a hologram producer to appear for a deposition next month at the office of attorneys representing another former employee suing him over work conditions at the businessman’s companies, including Hologram USA Inc.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Monica Bachner denied a motion by plaintiff Grant Zimmerman’s attorneys that could have paved the way for a finding of default by Alki David for allegedly missing previous deposition appointments and for not cooperating with other discovery orders.
The judge instead ordered David to appear at the law office of Keith A. Fink & Associates on Feb. 19 to answer deposition questions.
Zimmerman began working as an independent contractor for David’s companies in 2014 and then directly for David the next year, when he obtained a deal for rapper Chief Keef to be the subject of a new hologram, the suit states.
Zimmerman alleges he was not paid for his work on the Chief Keef project and is also owed other back wages. He also alleges David’s workplace was rife with sexual harassment and that the producer showed the staff pornography.
Zimmerman maintains he was wrongfully fired in September 2016 for complaining about being owed money and because David believed he was associated with a female employee who considered herself a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Former David employee Mahim Khan won $58.25 million late last year in the most recent case against the businessman. The Khan verdict came just over a month after 36-year-old Lauren Reeves, who had two stints as an independent contractor for David’s companies, won more than $5 million in compensatory and punitive damages against him in another sexual harassment case.
In April, Chasity Jones, another former David employee, was awarded $11 million in compensatory and punitive damages against David. The 42-year-old plaintiff later agreed to a reduction of about $445,000 after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rafael Ongkeko found the amount of out-of-pocket damages awarded her was excessive.
Trial of Zimmerman’s case is scheduled April 20.
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