Lady Gaga Heading to Court In Overtime Lawsuit Filed By Ex-Assistant
Lady Gaga is going to court in a lawsuit filed by her former roommate and personal assistant Jennifer O’Neill, who claims the “Applause” singer cheated her out of overtime pay. According to Associated Press, O’Neil will tell her story in front of a jury in November to decide whether Gaga will pay O’Neill $380,000 in unpaid wages plus damages she claims she’s owed. A trial is set to begin on November 4.
In O’Neill’s suit, which was first filed back in 2011, she alleges that Gaga had placed her on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for more than a year while earning only $75,000 annually.
According to O’Neill, there were no breaks for meals or “even sleep” and she was required for “spontaneous, random matters in the middle of the night” for Gaga. (Not to mention, O’Neill was also in charged of assuring that Gaga’s rider — including demands for a mannequin with pink pubic hair — is fulfilled.)
U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe ruled on Tuesday that O’Neill’s all-hours schedule potentially qualifies for overtime compensation.
“Jennifer’s motivation is pure and simple — to obtain payment for hours worked. It doesn’t matter if you work for a star or it’s glamorous,” Paul Millus, of the law firm Snitow, Kanfer, Holtzer and Millus, told us. “Work is work.”