Nonprofit Organization Sued for Unpaid Wages

Tobias “Toby“ Schine has filed a suit against the theater for unpaid wages. This came a month after he departed from the troubled nonprofit.

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Just when Beverly was recovering from the shock of Brian Burgess Clark's alleged inappropriate behavior with students of the now-defunct Boston Children’s Theater, the city has to deal with yet another scandal involving the nonprofit.

Tobias “Toby“ Schine has filed a suit against the theater for unpaid wages. This came a month after he departed from the troubled nonprofit as executive director.

Filed in Salem Superior Court, Schine has demanded at least $65,000 in what he says are unpaid wages covering the last three years of his employment. However, he plans on asking a judge to award him treble of the sum on the grounds that the nonprofit violated the state’s wage and hours law, avenue of some unpaid wage attorneys.

He further claims that the board wanted him to defer a part of his $62,300 salary to meet the rest of the payroll in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Interestingly, Schine is listed as the creditor in the theatre’s bankruptcy filing.

Schine‘s suit mentions the theatre, former presidents James Solomon and Daniel Antonelli, along with John Budzyna, the former treasurer of the nonprofit.

Before filing a civil suit, Schine had filed a complaint with the Attorney General‘s office.

Schine shares the same Charleston attorney as Clark, who was the theater's artistic director in the past. Clark had left only days before the misbehavior allegations surfaced, and is now being investigated by the Beverly police and Essex District Attorney’s general. He had also filed a suit earlier this year.

Several Cape Ann teens have played roles in the theater's production over the years.

Unlike Clark, there are no accusations against Schine for misconduct.

There aren’t any new developments concerning the matter at this point.



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