Lady Gaga's former assistant files lawsuit for $380,000 in overtime
Former Juice*y Person of the Year Lady Gaga is being targeted by another lawsuit, this one brought by a former assistant who claims she was a slave driver who made unreasonable demands day and night. You know, like providing towels and keeping a schedule. How dare she!
Jennifer O'Neill, 41, technically filed a suit against Mermaid Touring Company, which Gaga uses for concerts, after following the star performer on the road for the 2010 Monster Ball tour, the New York Post reports. That apparently included heading to "stadiums, private jets, fine hotel suites, yachts, ferries, trains and tour buses," the suit said, requiring O'Neill to be available for "spontaneous, random matters in the middle of the night" or at Gaga's "earliest waking hour."
The coup de grace among the demands was the requirement that the job involved "ensuring the promptness of a towel following a shower and serving as a personal alarm clock to keep (Gaga) on schedule" and "ensuring the availability of chosen outfits," the suit read. You know, the kinds of things normal people think assistants are for. That's a bit different than Gaga's 2009 assistant, Angela Ciemny, who has alleged Gaga made her sleep in the same room and take showers simultaneously.
O'Neill, a former A&R record label rep, claims she's owed $380,000 in unpaid overtime for working 7,168 extra hours. That's what we'd expect from a former suit, to think you'd be getting a 40-hour work week on a world tour. Maybe she shoulda negotiated better than a $75,000 annual salary if she had a problem with the hours.
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