Lady Gaga Settles Overtime Lawsuit With Ex-Assistant Out of Court
Celebuzz can confirm that the Mother Monster has settled her legal dispute with former assistant and ex-roommate Jennifer O'Neill, who claims the "Applause" singer cheated her out of overtime pay. Their court case has been dismissed.
A trial was schedule to begin November 4 to decide whether Gaga will pay O'Neill $380,000 in unpaid wages plus damages she claims she's owed. 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, she was not given time to “even sleep” and was required to attend to “spontaneous, random matters in the middle of the night” for Gaga.
Previously, U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe ruled that O'Neill's all-hours schedule potentially qualified for overtime compensation.
"It is, like, such an amazing luxury that I get to travel the world and have planes, she doesn’t even see what a luxury it is, but she thinks it’s owed to her for no reason," Gaga previously stated in the case's lengthy deposition. "This job is a 9-to-5 job that is spaced out throughout the day .... you don’t get a schedule that is like you punch in and you can play f**king Tetris 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."
As of O'Neill, her legal team argued that their client simply wants to be paid for the time she worked.
"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 earlier this year. "Work is work."