Universal Music Publishing Group Sued For ‘Massive Marijuana Use’ In Offices, T.I. Implicated

Universal Music Publishing Group Sued For ‘Massive Marijuana Use’ In Offices, T.I. Implicated

(AllHipHop News) While most Americans are in favor of legalizing marijauana, one 41 year old African American security guard is taking issue. The unnamed security guard is suing Universal Music Group-owned Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), Universal Protection Services and a variety of other parties for “alleged labor violations, including a hostile work environment” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The unnamed woman worked for Universal Protection Services at UMPG’s complex in Santa Monica, CA and in the lawsuit details the unprofessionally cavalier attitude UMPG and Universal Protection Services exhibited towards marijuana use in the office. In the lawsuit, she alleges her superiors would ignore her written complaint and she was on numerous occasions informed when to “expect blazers” which is a term used to refer to marijuana smokers. At one point she recalls “artists and high-profile celebrities began visiting the premises with drugs in hand and oftentimes offering drugs to Plaintiff, which she refused,” according to the lawsuit.

One particular incident involving a high-profile celebrity is a January 7th altercation with T.I. and his entourage. Besides marijuana odor seeping out the studio T.I. was at with rapper/singer Future, the unnamed Plaintiff alleges that one of T.I.’s body guards refused to move his vehicles to the designated parking lot. According to the suit, his reasoning for refusing was he needed to be readily able to transport T.I. off the premises “if a shootout or something goes down.”

The Plaintiff was denied employment on the premises after being suspended by her operations manager following her written complaint about the January 7th incident.

A spokesman for Universal Music contacted The Hollywood Reporter about the allegations and issued this statement:

“While we cannot comment on the allegations between the plaintiff and her employer, we can say that the allegations as they relate to Universal Music Group are absurd.”

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