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Complaint Review: 88 Keys Music Studio, LLC - Reynoldsburg, Pickerington, Lancaster Ohio

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  • 88 Keys Music Studio, LLC 7362 E. Main Street Reynoldsburg, Pickerington, Lancaster, Ohio U.S.A.
  • Phone: 614-864-3550
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  • Category: Music

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88 Keys Music Studio is a music lesson studio that uses only Independent Contractors to staff it's workforce for guitar, drum, piano, and voice lessons. All of these workers would/will be considered Common Law Employees by IRS standards. The studio is fully aware of this and fires anyone who implies knowledge of their intentional employee misclassification. On top of that the owner is next to impossible to work with, not to mention her staff having to endure incidents of Gross Sexual Imposition, and on-going Sexual Harassment towards her younger male Contractors. She makes it very clear that she is only in business for the money and doesn't care about the well-being of her students or staff members whatsoever.

Myself and several other contractors were fired for questioning her unethical practices (even after we were professional through the sexual harassment situations). The owner then proceeded to trademark the name of the band we created for her company. This was intellectual property we owned as Independent Contractors, as no Work-for-Hire agreement was ever signed. She also has not paid one of the fired contractors over $600 that she owes him. The fired Contractors are having to file suit to reclaim what is legally theirs.

The owner has also made slanderous and untrue statements to any students of the Contractors who have questioned the situation. 88 Keys Music Studio, LLC preys on workers that are not knowledgable of their rights as Independent Contractors, then uses them as employees and forces them to pay their own taxes, which is Fraud. I would never recommend another music teacher ever get involved with this studio.

Stockman
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/23/2008 04:11 PM and is a permanent record located here: https://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/88-keys-music-studio-llc/reynoldsburg-pickerington-lancaster-ohio-43068/88-keys-music-studio-llc-employee-misclassification-trademark-infringement-unpaid-wages-343315. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year. Ripoff Report has an exclusive license to this report. It may not be copied without the written permission of Ripoff Report. READ: Foreign websites steal our content

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AUTHOR: Stockman - (United States of America)

POSTED: Thursday, April 15, 2010

On November 23, 2008 a posting was made on this site regarding 88 Keys Music Studio LLC. The claims made in that post became the subject of civil litigation, with the parties choosing to protect their rights and pursue their legal remedies in a court of law. After much negotiation, cooler heads have prevailed as the parties have chosen to amicably resolve all of their disputes. Therefore, by way of updating the November 23, 2008 post, in the spirit of compromise and cooperation, the parties have elected to settle their civil case out of court. The parties' settlement is and will remain confidential.


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AUTHOR: Stockman - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Sunday, November 23, 2008

After filing this report, my former employer has filed a complaint against myself, my former coworkers, and an unrelated band member for defamation, breach of contract, civil conspiracy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and interference with business relationships. All of which are some absurd attempt at revenge. Most of her points listed in the complaint are wrong, misleading, or missing alot of facts.

This report only has one author, myself. The original intent of this report was not to harm this business, but to inform teachers who may want to get involved with this studio that since teachers at this studio are forced to be "Independent Contractors", they have NO RIGHTS in regards to sexual harassment, retaliation, unemployment insurance claims, and very little rights against employee misclassification overall. Until the IRS completes it investigation, teachers at this studio are continuing to forfit their rights unknowingly or unfairly. The teachers do not deserve this abuse.

The situation described in my first report is absolutely true. Details of the sexual harassment will be brought to court.
I also absolutely believe the owner knew the IRS misclassification was wrong for many reasons. As the owner, she had an obligation to know the legal relationship of the working environment she created by contracting her staff workers. I don't believe it was negligence. I was told I was an Independent Contractor, but not treated as one. I was not running my own business, nor at the time did I know what that meant.
Employee Misclassification is a huge trend that puts employers at a great advantage. I have been unemployed for over 6 months, and unable to claim unemployment, or work because of a "non-compete" clause in my contract.

My first amendment right will not be threatened by this company, I have not done anything wrong. It is my right to share my account of my mistreatment by a company in order to help others.

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AUTHOR: Stockman - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Sunday, November 23, 2008

After filing this report, my former employer has filed a complaint against myself, my former coworkers, and an unrelated band member for defamation, breach of contract, civil conspiracy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and interference with business relationships. All of which are some absurd attempt at revenge. Most of her points listed in the complaint are wrong, misleading, or missing alot of facts.
This report only has one author, myself. The original intent of this report was not to harm this business, but to inform teachers who may want to get involved with this studio that since teachers at this studio are forced to be "Independent Contractors", they have NO RIGHTS in regards to sexual harassment, retaliation, unemployment insurance claims, and very little rights against employee misclassification overall. Until the IRS completes it investigation, teachers at this studio are continuing to forfit their rights unknowingly or unfairly. The teachers do not deserve this abuse.
The situation described in my first report is absolutely true. Details of the sexual harassment will be brought to court.
I also absolutely believe the owner knew the IRS misclassification was wrong for many reasons. As the owner, she had an obligation to know the legal relationship of the working environment she created by contracting her staff workers. I don't believe it was negligence. I was told I was an Independent Contractor, but not treated as one. I was not running my own business, nor at the time did I know what that meant.
Employee Misclassification is a huge trend that puts employers at a great advantage. I have been unemployed for over 6 months, and unable to claim unemployment, or work because of a "non-compete" clause in my contract.
My first amendment right will not be threatened by this company, I have not done anything wrong. It is my right to share my account of my mistreatment by a company in order to help others.

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Being sued for defamation, breach of contract, etc.

AUTHOR: Stockman - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Sunday, November 23, 2008

After filing this report, my former employer has filed a complaint against myself, my former coworkers, and an unrelated band member for defamation, breach of contract, civil conspiracy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and interference with business relationships. All of which are some absurd attempt at revenge. Most of her points listed in the complaint are wrong, misleading, or missing alot of facts.
This report only has one author, myself. The original intent of this report was not to harm this business, but to inform teachers who may want to get involved with this studio that since teachers at this studio are forced to be "Independent Contractors", they have NO RIGHTS in regards to sexual harassment, retaliation, unemployment insurance claims, and very little rights against employee misclassification overall. Until the IRS completes it investigation, teachers at this studio are continuing to forfit their rights unknowingly or unfairly. The teachers do not deserve this abuse.
The situation described in my first report is absolutely true. Details of the sexual harassment will be brought to court.
I also absolutely believe the owner knew the IRS misclassification was wrong for many reasons. As the owner, she had an obligation to know the legal relationship of the working environment she created by contracting her staff workers. I don't believe it was negligence. I was told I was an Independent Contractor, but not treated as one. I was not running my own business, nor at the time did I know what that meant.
Employee Misclassification is a huge trend that puts employers at a great advantage. I have been unemployed for over 6 months, and unable to claim unemployment, or work because of a "non-compete" clause in my contract.
My first amendment right will not be threatened by this company, I have not done anything wrong. It is my right to share my account of my mistreatment by a company in order to help others.

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