A model who claims she was not paid on time sues Khloe Kardashian's fashion line Good American
Khloe Kardashian's fashion line Good American is being sued for just over $100,000 by a model who claims she was not paid on time.
The model, Jourdan Whitehead, alleges she was set to be paid $3,500 for the one day of work she completed on November 17, 2021, according to court documents obtained by The Blast.
She alleges she was set to receive her paycheck by December 10, 2021 but did not receive payment for another three months, on March 11, 2022.
Whitehead, who describes herself in the filing as a 'professional actor', is now suing the company for a penalty late fee.
Whitehead says she is now entitled to get a late payment penalty under California Labor Code 203 due to Good American's 'failure to timely pay [her] her wages was willful in that [Good American] was required to make timely payment, were able to do so, but chose not to do so.'
Legal documents state 'Labor Code section 203 provides that upon an employer’s failure to make timely payment of wages, the employee’s wages shall continue as a penalty until paid or for a period of up to 30 days from the time the wages came due, whichever period is due,' reports The Blast.
As she was compensated more than 30 days after her expected payment date, Whitehead says she is 'entitled to an award of penalties in the amount of $105,000.00, which is [her] daily rate multiplied by 30 days.'
She is also seeking to have Good American pay for her attorney's fees and any other related legal costs.
Good American was founded by Khloe and Emma Grede in 2016.
Khloe had previously confessed in a Health Magazine spread that the brand stemmed from her feeling 'excluded my whole life' when it came to clothes, based on her size.
'We started having a conversation about clothes and how I felt excluded my whole life. I've fluctuated. At my largest, I was a 14 or 16—which, by the way, is totally standard in the U.S.
'I always felt excluded from my own family—not by them. On shopping trips, I couldn't shop where they shopped. I'd be indirectly told by brands that their clothes weren't for me because they didn't produce a dress in my size,' she said.
'We built Good American always keeping representation and inclusivity at its core. It wasn't a fad that we were trying to follow,' she continued to say also revealing that the company had walked away from many 'lucrative deals because they weren't willing to carry the full size range.'
'We didn't need another denim brand in the world. We needed inclusivity. We needed people to feel represented,' Khloe maintained.
In 2021, Khloe praised her brand as she marked it's five year anniversary.
'Good American it's your birthday! I cannot believe you are five years old! You are my baby, I love you, I'm so proud of all that we have done as a brand together — inclusivity, everything, I'm so proud of you and I can't wait to see where you are in five years,' she said in an Instagram video.
And in the caption she continued to gush of the brand (which began exclusively as denim): '5 years of revolutionizing the industry and pushing the boundaries of inclusivity, body representation, and female empowerment.'