Lisa Vanderpump is receiving tons of backlash after she urged West Hollywood’s city council this week to hold off on raising the local minimum wage to $17.64 an hour.
The ordinance passed and now becomes the highest minimum wage in the country. LVP owns three restaurants — SUR, Pump, and Tom Tom that fall under the new WeHo minimum wage.
The reality TV star’s opposition left a bad taste in many fans’ mouths. Fans quickly bashed the millionaire businesswoman on social media for being greedy and out of touch.
“I just implore you to really give this a lot of thought, because I do believe if we raise the minimum wage now, it’s going to be counterproductive,” LVP said via Zoom during the city council meeting late Wednesday, according to ABC 7 News.
“God forbid they make some sacrifices to their extremely lavish lifestyles to help keep their employees afloat when they’re worth $90 million,” one fan tweeted.
Another added, “if you can’t afford to pay wages to your employees then you can’t afford your business PERIOD.”
“Lisa is worth millions of dollars. How about she take a payout,” another Bravo fan wrote.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum later took to Twitter to clarify her remarks. According to LVP, she simply wanted the WeHo council to postpone the vote and consider taking another approach to raising the minimum wage.
“No, let me be clear, what we proposed to the city council was not to disregard the minimum wage – it was to approach it in a twofold manner,” she tweeted on Thursday.
She added that she hoped to delay the vote “until restaurants can get back on their feet during this deadly pandemic — so many have gone out of business, and others are faced with major debts they may not survive.”
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