Lady Gaga is battling against her personal assistant in court over 7,000 hours of unpaid overtime.
Jennifer O’Neill claimed she was on call 24 hours a day seven days a week without rest. She was also not properly paid for her overtime work and was deprived of personal time off.
The trial has been set on November 4 by U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe. Gardephe also said both sides agreed O’Neill was expected to be available every hour of every day she worked.
O’Neill started working for Gaga for two months in 2008 and 13 months from February 2010. She received an annual flat rate of $50,000 when she was hired and $75,000 the second time. Gaga has an estimated net worth of $190 million, according to Forbes magazine.
In her claim, Gardephe said she sleeps in the same room with Gaga since she does not have her own hotel and was required to serve gaga throughout the night.
Some of her tasks include monitoring her emails and telephone calls, carrying her luggage that consists of 20 bags, replacing her DVD when she’s watching a movie at night and securing “special food” available at every location during her performances.
“Every day is a work day for her, so every day is a work day for the rest of us. There is no, ‘We’re going to stay in, we’re going to sleep.’ There is no, ‘Let’s put on sweatpants and go out to the movies and be girlfriends.’ It doesn’t work like that,” she explained.
“You don’t get a schedule. You don’t get a schedule that is like you punch in and you can play … at your desk for four hours and then you punch out at the end of the day. This is when I need you, you’re available,” Gaga explained her side.
O’Neill and Gaga were roommates, became friends and the Born This Way singer eventually hired her as her PA.
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