It looks like the legal drama over the El Moussa’s isn’t over, but at least there is some good news for them. Tarek and Christin El Moussa are the hosts and real estate agents of the show Flip or Flop on HGTV, which first aired in April 2013. The show follows the husband and wife working together as they buy homes, renovate or resell them. Christina is an expert in design, whereas Tarek helps her find and renovate homes. It seems like these love birds are facing a hefty federal lawsuit. They have until June 26 to answer claims that an ex-employee of theirs made about his unpaid wages and commissions.
Jonathan Schmier says he approached the El Moussas’ real estate company Next Level Property Investments back in January 2016. There, they promised him a commission of $5,000 each for finding wholesale homes for the Flip or Flop duo to renovate on their HGTV series. He claims that he officially started working in March, but stopped in October when he was told that he was “never an employee” of the company.
The lawsuit claims that the man worked 1,280 hours for the HGTV stars’ company. Also, when he tried to contact them, they allegedly blocked his email address, Facebook page and phone number so he couldn’t reach them.
At the time Schmier was under the impression he was finding homes for the El Moussas. He said he found five and that they never paid him the $25,000 they promised. Under California minimum wage law, he’s suing for an addition $12,800 for other wages, too. So, the man is now requesting $37,800 total, for back wages and commission.
Schmier was flat broke when he filed the lawsuit. He had negative $124 in his bank account according to Radar Online. He just had to do something, after they supposedly blocked him.
Now, the El Moussas have their chance to respond to Schmier’s claims before the lawsuit moves forward. This is the latest of a great list of scandals for them.