Kanye West Settles Lawsuit Filed Against Yeezy Brand By Aggrieved Ex-employee

BY Dora Abena Dzaka November 23, 2023 7:00 PM EDT
Photo Credit: Kanye West @ MoMA Wikimedia Commons

Fashion designer and musician Kanye West seems to have reached a settlement in a case that had been going on for a long time. As another well-known figure settles out of court, it seems like we are living in a lawsuit-heavy age.

According to a recent court document circulating online, West and Taliah Leslie, a former employee of Yeezy, came to an understanding to resolve their legal dispute. Nevertheless, the settlement’s specifics have not been made public.

Leslie accused West and executives at his fashion brand in 2021 of allegedly breaking California labor laws regarding employee benefits and classification.

Leslie said that workers were denied pay and benefits because they were wrongly classified as contractors rather than employees. To address these accusations, the two sides engaged in protracted legal battles.

Based on available information, the employee at the time accused the 46-year-old of failing to pay for required travel to and from destinations like Wyoming and France.

The complainant said that the brand owners wrongly labeled their staff as independent contractors, depriving them of benefits and paying to reimburse her phone and Internet bills and other travel expenses, despite them being needed to carry out her job.

The legal battle was with Kenye because West’s clothing and footwear line brand under the name, Yeezy.

After West made antisemitic remarks on social media and in interviews, Adidas ended their collaboration with him and canceled the Yeezy fashion line in October 2022.

West first launched his Yeezy footwear line with Nike in 2006. The sports giant’s executives are currently selling off what stock it still has in Yeezy.