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Jay-Z

Sued for Risky Business

12/29/2011 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Jay-Z gambled with his employees' health and safety -- this according to a new lawsuit filed against the rapper ... by the Workers Compensation Board of New York.

According to the suit, obtained by TMZ, Jay-Z failed to pay workers' compensation insurance for three months in 2009 -- and sources close to the situation tell us, the insurance was supposed to cover domestic employees in Jay-Z's house ... cooks, maids, drivers ... that sort of thing.

The government agency sued the rapper to collect $18,000 in fines for the transgression -- and a court has since ordered Jay to pay up.

According to the docs, it was only a momentary lapse -- after the three-month period in 2009, Jay-Z acquired the right insurance and the problem was resolved ... with the exception of the outstanding $18,000 owed.

A source close to Jay-Z claims the rapper never lapsed in his workers' comp payments -- telling us, the $18,000 bill is the result of a clerical error ... which is currently being sorted out.

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Max Smart    

It probably was just a paperwork error. $18,000 is nothing to those guys.

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973 days ago
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Joe    

I guy who is worth multi millions owing 18,000 - I'm sure this was just a error. He just doesn't seem like he would do something wrong like this for such a stupid little amount - or even a big amount.
And yeah, spammers. As soon as anyone see the word GUCCI in big letters, we just skip over it. I'm sure no one even clicks the site.

973 days ago
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Hardless Winch    

Ugh, i hate spam! Bleak!

973 days ago
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you know who    

typical s***bag who's just plain greedy, funny all these money making fools have high dollar accountants pay there bills. so i find it hard to believe it was an oversight. he must think the American people are stupid. funny last month it must of been another oversight when he was caught using sub standard nonunion trades people on his renovation project. please crawl back under the rock you climbed out from. once a rat always a rat.

973 days ago
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sPaNkdEnALgAs    

MAN this guy is U G L Y

973 days ago
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John    

A black man with money problems? SHOCKING!

973 days ago
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Coco Chanel     

His money is LONG. It was probably a clerical error. That's like him going to screw a prostitute when he has Beyonce. Come on people think.

973 days ago
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Life!    

Do people who write these articles have a college degree?

973 days ago
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diva20    

Jay-z is shady just like his wife if they look or dig alittle deeper they will probably find alot of dirt on this camel.

973 days ago
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realitybytes    

Lol..People can hear stories from his own closest friend, family members, former business people about how greedy and disloyal this man is but folks will still protect him..smdh..if your boss treated you like Jay-z treats everyone (forget the nice smile and pleasant nature for the cameras) you'd have a whole different view on this sell out.

973 days ago
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MommaGirl    

Sooooo white people don't have money problems? Hmmm good to know. P.S. JayZ happened to make the top of Forbes list, so I seriously doubt he has money problems. More than likely it was a paperwork error.

973 days ago
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Telstar    

I'm guessing the $18g is just the noncompliance fine, not the premium. The insurance is for him as an employer, so he's kinda dumb to let it slide. If any of his employees had been hurt, they'd be able to sue him (I'm guessing, if NY laws are like most states) which might have resulted in amounts much more than his premium or the $18g.

973 days ago
13.

jeff    

ROUNDIN' 3RD AND A HEADED FOR HOME, IT WAS A BROWN EYED HANDSOME MAN. (CHUCK BERRY)

973 days ago
14.

Barbara Ball    

the ugliest man alive.

973 days ago
15.

alex    

greedy a-hole.

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