Christina & Tarek’s Courtroom Victory! El Moussas Score Big Against Ex-Employee

Flip and fight! Tarek and Christina El Moussa are finally getting their day in court. can exclusively reveal that the Flip or Flop stars were given until June 26 to file their own court documents against former employee Jonathan Schmier.


Schmier filed a bombshell federal lawsuit against the couple last month, alleging that the HGTV stars owe him $12,800 in back wages and $25,000 in commission. Schmier had negative $124.36 to his name when he filed the suit.

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He reported that he reached out to Pete DeBest — the operating manager of the El Moussas’ real estate company Next Level Property Investments — in January 2016, and was given a “50/50” partnership deal in March 2016 by their Acquisition Specialist Scott Rubzin. Schmier claimed that he did not want to do the split, and instead began to find wholesale homes for Flip or Flop at a commission rate of $5,000 per home. He began working for the El Moussas in March of 2016 as a result, but stopped working in October of that year after he was informed he was “never an employee.”

Christina El Moussa

He found five homes in total, but was not paid the $25,000 he was under the impression he would receive — or the back wages of $12,800 per the California minimum wage.

Schmier claimed that he attempted to speak with De Best and the El Moussas regarding the matter, but they “have blocked his e-mail address and face book sic pages and phone numbers in an attempt to avoid paying” him.

This is not the first lawsuit Tarek, 35, and Christina, 33, have dealt with. They previously sued a contractor after they did not receive the $5,000 cabinets they paid for, but the case was dismissed.

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