Lady Gaga sued by ex-assistant for $380,000 of unpaid overtime
Lady Gaga was hit with a lawsuit last week by an ex-assistant who claims the singing superstar owes her $380,000 in unpaid overtime.
Jennifer O'Neill, who worked for Lady Gaga as a personal assistant, filed a lawsuit against Lady Gaga's touring company in Manhattan federal court for 7,168 hours of unpaid overtime, according to The New York Post. The time comes from when O'Neill served as the entertainer's assistant from late 2009 to 2010 while she was on the Monster Ball world tour.
O'Neill, 41, reportedly claims her duties included everything from "ensuring the promptness of a towel following a shower" to "serving as a personal alarm clock" to the singer. She also claims that her job required her to be on hand at Lady Gaga's "earliest waking hour" and for "spontaneous, random matters in the middle of the night."
O'Neill said Lady Gaga was demanding her services everywhere, including "stadiums, private jets, fine hotel suites, yachts, ferries, trains and tour buses." O'Neill also said there was no time for breaks, meals "or at times, even sleep."
She reportedly earned $75,000 a year for the job. In addition to the overtime pay, she is also seeking damages.
Lady Gaga's spokesperson told the newspaper that the lawsuit is "completely without merit."
The 25-year-old singer was recently named "Entertainer of the Year" by the Associated Press.
Her honor of "Entertainer of the Year" was voted on by 135 AP editors and broadcasters, who sought to choose the individual who had the most influence on entertainment and culture in 2011. Lady Gaga narrowly edged out the late Apple founder Steve Jobs by three votes, as well as others such as Taylor Swift, Charlie Sheen, Adele and the cast of "Harry Potter," according to the AP news wire.
Previous winners of the AP Entertainer of the Year award include Betty White, Taylor Swift, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.