New York publishing firm Primedia stands accused by its employees of violating, and conspiracy to violate, federal racketeering statutes.

Acting for members of the staff, attornies have filed a class-action lawsuit in the US Central District Court of California, alleging that the company violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

More specifically, the charges list breach of contract, promissory fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, as well as failure to pay wages due. No response was immediately forthcoming from the company, although one is expected shortly.

Primedia’s publishing portfolio includes Seventeen and New York magazines, alongside hundreds of special-interest titles, business directories, and apartment and home guides. It is majority-owned by New York investment company Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, itself no stranger to controversy, viz Barbarians at the Gate.

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