The stars of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop,” former couple Christina and Tarek El Moussa, are reportedly being sued by an ex-employee who claims they owe him money for finding them homes to feature on the home renovation show, according to TMZ.
Jonathan Schmier, an alleged former employee of the El Moussas’ company Next Level Property Investments, said in court documents obtained by TMZ that the stars failed to pay him for finding five homes for them to flip in North Carolina. Schmier was reportedly promised $5,000 per house (in commission) and almost $13,000 in back wages, but he claims he never received any compensation for his services.
“Flip or Flop” normally features properties in California, though Schmier claims he was told the show was branching out to North Carolina, Gossip Cop reports. He reportedly worked for the former couple for about eight months in 2016, finding properties for them to work on.
The El Moussas, along with their business partner Pete de Best, HGTV and its parent company Scripps Network, are all named as defendants in the suit.
Schmier claims in the documents that he contacted Scripps’ vice president of legal affairs, who had no knowledge of the show’s plans to expand beyond California. He also reportedly tried to discuss the payment issues with the others involved, but the defendants refused to respond, Gossip Cop notes.
Schmier is seeking a total of $37,800, according to TMZ.
A representative for HGTV said the network is aware of the lawsuit, but did not provide a comment. A rep for Christina declined to comment, as well. HuffPost has reached out to Tarek’s team and will update this post accordingly.