Metallica’s drummer Lars Ulrich is being sued by a former personal assistant for unpaid overtime and bonuses. Steven Wiig – a 38-year-old actor and musician – filed the suit in Marin Superior Court for unspecified damages against Ulrich and Team Tours, the company that issued his paychecks.
Wiig claims to have worked between 70 and 80 hours per week at an annual rate of $45,000, and didn’t receive promised bonuses in 2006 and 2008. He quit the job in 2009. “Wiig was essentially on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week,” his law team of Alan Harris and David Zelenski wrote in the complaint.
Naturally Ulrich’s lawyer, Peter Paterno, disagrees, claiming that Wiig was paid $110,000 per years before bonuses, plus free rent and a car. Paterno told the Marin Independent Journal, “Lars’ accountant is checking on 2006, but Steve got bonuses in every other year of his employment, deserved or not. Specifically, in 2008, he received an extra $18,000. So it’s not clear what’s motivating this, but it really doesn't seem to be about his compensation, does it?"