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Jackson will pay Neverland workers back wages

Michael Jackson has agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in back wages owed to employees at his Neverland ranch, averting a potential lawsuit, state officials said Wednesday.The workers were to be paid Thursday, the Department of Industrial Relations said. Jackson had been given a 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline — later extended to Wednesday — to pay up or face a lawsuit.The department said
/ Source: The Associated Press

Michael Jackson has agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in back wages owed to employees at his Neverland ranch, averting a potential lawsuit, state officials said Wednesday.

The workers were to be paid Thursday, the Department of Industrial Relations said. Jackson had been given a 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline — later extended to Wednesday — to pay up or face a lawsuit.

The department said at least 30 workers complained they had not been paid since Dec. 19 and were owed $306,000. Jackson also was told he would have to pay about $100,000 in penalties.

However, acting Labor Commissioner Robert Jones said Wednesday that Jackson’s payroll records still were being verified and the final calculations for wages and penalties would be available next week.

Jackson’s spokeswoman, Raymone K. Bain, said she “never doubted it would be resolved.” She said Jackson has not commented because he considers his financial matters private.

A call left with Jackson’s accountants — Bernstein, Fox, Whitman, Goldman & Sloan LLP — was not immediately returned.

The Labor Department also said Jackson’s representatives indicated they were obtaining workers compensation insurance for 69 ranch employees. The state had ordered all work on the ranch stopped last week because the mandatory coverage had lapsed.

The fine for not having the insurance was estimated at $69,000, but Jones said that figure was not final.