House of Blues Lawsuit: Pot, Booze & Ticket Cheating

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A former high-ranking employee at the House of Blues (HOB) Downtown Disney is suing the Anaheim establishment for California Labor Code violations including wrongful termination and defamation, and he's spilling what he's says are dirty secrets.

In a lawsuit filed this month in Orange County Superior Court, George James Fischer alleges that HOB and Live Nation, its owner, systematically schemed to violate laws and then targeted him, an HOB general manager, for retaliation after he complained.

Among Fischer's allegations about HOB's upper management:

--Supervisors "instructed and authorized that HOB oversell entertainment shows on a regular basis to increase revenues and profits."

--Supervisors ordered employees to "provide false documentation" to the Anaheim Fire Department regarding excessive occupancy.

--HOB officials "regularly" permitted underage drinking and marijuana smoking by minors in backstage areas during performances.

Fischer (AKA Jamie Fisher) claims that when he complained about problems he "was advised not to question such practices or risk losing his job."

In July 2010, Fischer said HOB retaliated against him by firing him without notice and refusing to pay owed wages. In his lawsuit, he claims the reason company officials gave for the dismissal--that he used HOB's liquor license to purchase booze for Johnny's Saloon, a Huntington Beach restaurant he partially owns--was bogus because it was "conduct known and authorized" by company officials.

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I demand the sum of . . . $1 million!
Furthermore, Fischer claims in the suit that HOB officials have publicly stated he was fired for "stealing" and is a "thief" when, he says, they knew those descriptions were false and defamatory.

He is seeking more than $1 million in damages.

Lawyers for HOB have not yet filed a response in court. Attempts to reach someone from HOB have so far been unsuccessful, but this post will be updated should the Weekly receive a response.

The case has been assigned to Superior Court Judge David T. McEachen in Orange County's Central Courthouse.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly


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Timmy83
Timmy83

awh fischer.. gets caught stealing and cheating on his wife.about time.now law suit after house of blues fired him and his minions.he has no case house of blues can check cameras he was a theif. Ficher has no perks now. Messed up now he needs to sue pathetic little man.we are better now he and Wendy are gone .enjoy your perks !!

Guest
Guest

Hey R. Scott Moxley, you should check your facts before you publish a blog, I'm not sure I can take anything you write as serious again.

Towers84
Towers84

i use to work there fisher is a thief.check employee parties.they pocketed donated gifts for staff.fisher would give alcohol away and sleep with staff.they got caught stealing for the second floor restaurant in huntington.chef managers all were takin to establish new restaurant.even took house of blues recipes.him and his boys took money..product.and smoked pot. Many girls have been fired for knowing to much about fisher and boys.he has a conflict of intrust problem?

CHS
CHS

I like the HOB Disneyland except for the ban on metal bands it imposed a few years ago.  I recall explaining to one of the employees that not all fans of metal bands are freaky-deaky and, in fact, my wife, 2 daughters and I all have Disneyland passes.  FWIW, I'm a middle-aged college professor with no tats or body piercings.  I just like my music to be heavy as hell.

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John
John

Pot at the House of Blues? NO FUCKING WAY!

Not a big fan of the HOB as a venue. As a music journalist/videographer, they are the one venue I always run into trouble with. I usually arrange with band's PR folk to take pictures or take video and they always get me the proper clearance (press/video/photo passes) to do so with the venue but the security at the HOB never let me do my job. They always say I don't have the proper credentials eventhough I show them my credentials and have them speak on the phone with the band's publicist. They treat me like a criminal while there's 17 year old kids that are sneaking in booze through water bottles and smoking weed inside the venue. I'm over that place, I can't cover it anymore.

paul
paul

The HOB Anaheim should be put on trial for building that piece of shit which doesnt allow patrons to see the stage unless theyre getting the shit beat out of them up against the stage. Fuck The HOB anaheim.

Towers84
Towers84

It's a tool by fishers lawyers to get a case.Scott is a friend and is helping him try and get some cash.its the American way. Funny to see.

Jody925
Jody925

Sounds like you wish you had all the "perks" Fischer had !  LOSER .... get a life

HARDsON4FIScHer
HARDsON4FIScHer

HAHAHAHA...you're a bitch. really sounds like someone needs to build a bridge and get over it already. Lie, Steal, and Cheat...it's the American Way!!!

and PS your grammar sucks too. Choke on a screwdriver and get fucked.

Timmy83
Timmy83

Hardson really so drunk you fuck with Hardson.Hahahah..fischer.now getting a lawyer.life is tough outside Disney.can't sell all the perks to pay bills.we are better now they are gone.

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