Legal

Lady Gaga’s Ex-Personal Assistant Sues Pop Star for Overtime Pay

By Business Report

Jan. 5, 2012

Lady Gaga’s former personal assistant is not exactly going gaga over her erstwhile boss these days.

In fact, Jennifer L. O’Neill is suing her former boss, claiming the flamboyant pop singer owes her more than $379,000 in overtime pay.

In a lawsuit filed last month in federal district court in New York, O’Neill says she worked for Lady Gaga in early 2009 and also from about February 2010 through her termination in March 2011. She said she attended to her needs at home as well as during her travels for her global tours “from city to city throughout the world, at locales including stadiums, private jets, fine hotel suites, yachts, ferries, trains and tour buses. Plaintiff was always behind the scenes and figuratively, if not literally, always at her side,” says the lawsuit.

O’Neill said her duties included confirming Lady Gaga’s schedule, reviewing and reconciling her credit card statements, ordering meals and ensuring they were correctly prepared and served at specific times, ensuring the availability of chosen outfits “and the promptness of a towel following a shower” and “serving as a personal alarm clock” to keep the singer on schedule.

O’Neill said her annual salary was $75,000, but she was not paid overtime for working more than 40 hours a week. She said she was on duty 24 hours a day, “from the earliest working hour, for being responsive to the slightest need throughout the day, and for addressing spontaneous random matters in the middle of the tonight.”

O’Neill is suing Lady Gaga under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and New York state labor law. In addition to the more than $379,000 in overtime, she is seeking an equal amount “in the form of liquidated damages” as well as reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs and prejudgment interest.

Business Insurance is a sister publication of Workforce Management. To comment, email editors@workforce.com.

Stay informed and connected. Get human resources news and HR features via Workforce Management’s Twitter feed or RSS feeds for mobile devices and news readers.

About Workforce.com

blog workforce

We build robust scheduling & attendance software for businesses with 500+ frontline workers. With custom BI reporting and demand-driven scheduling, we help our customers reduce labor spend and increase profitability across their business. It's as simple as that.

Book a call
See the software

Related Articles

workforce blog

Compliance

Minimum Wage by State in 2022 – All You Need to Know

Summary The federal minimum wage rate is $7.25, but the rate is higher in 30 states, along with Washing...

federal law, minimum wage, pay rates, state law, wage law compliance

workforce blog

Legal

California’s push for a 32-hour workweek explained, and how to prepare

Summary: California is considering a 32-hour workweek bill for businesses with over 500 staff 4 day wee...

32 hour workweek, 4 day workweek, california, legislature, overtime

workforce blog

Legal

A business owner’s guide to restaurant tipping law

Business owners in the restaurant industry are in a unique position when it comes to employee tips. As ...

restaurants, tip laws, tipping