In Tennessee and all over the United States, most employees that work more than forty hours in a single work week, you are entitled by law to receive overtime pay even if you work for a celebrity. Unfortunately, many companies and bosses including celebrities like to find ways around paying overtime or just fail to pay it completely. In a recent case, Jennifer O’Neil was employed as Lady Gaga’s personal assistant for thirteen months. She claims that she was required to handle after task that Lady Gaga demanded. This meant she did tasks such as handling the singer’s scheduling, finances, meals, and making sure Lady Gaga had a towel in her hand when she was finished taking a shower. O’Neil was with Lady Gaga during her 2010 Monster Ball world tour, and she claims that was barely awarded time for breaks, meals, or even sleep so that she could be available to the singer at all times of the day and night.
O’Neil’s job was supposed to pay $75,000 but she claims she was never paid overtime. She filed a lawsuit last week, claiming almost $380,000 in back pay. The lawsuit was filed against Lady Gaga’s company, Mermaid Touring, Inc. The former assistant also states that she was owed an estimated 7,168 hours of overtime. The employment lawsuit is also seeking unspecified damages.
Cases similar to this one occur all too frequently to employees all across the country and even to Tennessee employees. If you or someone you work with feels like you have not been paid for the overtime hours you have worked, then we recommend that you contact one of our caring and experienced Tennessee employment overtime pay attorneys right away. We care about our clients and will help to make sure you receive the compensation you are entitled to by law.
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