Former Freestyle managers file lawsuit against park

Horry County, SC - By Michael Smith | Carolina Forest Chronicle

HORRY COUNTY, SC - Nearly a month after a foreclosure lawsuit was filed against Freestyle Music Park and its parent company, more than a dozen former department heads have sued seeking more than $232,000 in unpaid wages and bonuses, according to court papers filed late Friday.

Seventeen employees are listed as plaintiffs, including John Stine, the theme park's former director of sales and marketing and chief park spokesman.

The suit also seeks legal fees, court costs and actual damages "up to three times the amount of compensation due."

According to the suit, FPI MB Entertainment owes the employees $90,347.77 in unpaid salaries and $142,206.24 in bonuses, or $232,554.01 altogether. Three times that amount is $697,662.03.

The bonuses are part of each employee's contract and are payable upon termination, with or without cause, the suit says.

"During the term of their employment, the Plaintiffs were successful in earning monies under the terms of the bonus structure," the suit says. "The Defendant has failed to pay any of the money due to the Defendants under the bonus structure that they set out when the Plaintiffs were hired."