Lady Gaga’s former personal assistant wants the flamboyant performer and cultural phenomenon to cough up another $400,000 in back overtime pay. Claiming she was on call 24/7, the assistant’s lawsuit says she should have been paid overtime for 128 hours per week in addition to her $75,000 a year salary.
The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, claims the assistant worked 7,168 hours of unpaid overtime while employed by Lady Gaga.
News of the lawsuit did not sit well with Lady Gaga. “This whole case is bulls**t and you know it,” she told the assistant’s attorney during a deposition. “She thinks she’s just like the queen of the universe, and, you know … in my work and what I do, I’m the queen of the universe every day.”
Lady Gaga said her employees work only eight hours a day, although she described the assistant’s job as a little more open-ended. The general requirement: “when I need you, you’re available.”
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- Must we pay employees for unauthorized overtime when they check their messages?
- Record number of federal wage-and-hour lawsuits filed in FY12
- Truckers put brakes on OT suit, accept settlement
- L.A. 'hostess' dancers sue for wage violations, harassment