Michael Jackson has shut down his Neverland Ranch for good. Employees were summoned to the ranch this afternoon in staggered groups, given back pay for 12 weeks through today, and were told the ranch had been shut down by the California Department of Labor.
In fact, Jackson made the decision to lay off more than 60 loyal staffers after making them wait through three months with no pay. Their health insurance ran out on February 28th. Last week, the State closed the ranch because Jackson carried no workmen's compensation.
The “Bad” thing about this whole episode is that the workers didn’t “Beat It” a lot sooner than they did. Now there may be lawsuits filed by Neverland’s former employees. My advice to them is “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough.” Since these workers feel quite jilted they want somebody to answer for their plight. I guess frivolous lawsuits have become “Human Nature.”
Jackson faces several lawsuits as well as the foreclosure on $270 million of loans.
Still not clear is who paid the final back pay, which could have totaled $400,000. Jackson also has to pay the state two separate fines, one for $69,000 and another, to be determined on Friday, over $100,000.
I almost feel sorry for Michael in this whole situation. However, if he chooses to blame someone for his difficulties, he need not look any further than “The Man in the Mirror.”