Lady Gaga Settles Ex-Assistant’s Suit on Unpaid Overtime
Pop star Lady Gaga settled a lawsuit brought by a former personal assistant who claimed the singer failed to pay her for more than 6,600 hours of overtime, lawyers for both sides said in a memo to the court.
Jennifer O’Neill filed suit in federal court in Manhattan in December 2011, alleging that she worked at the singer’s home and with her on tour and needed to be available to the singer 24 hours a day, often without a break. The case was scheduled to go to trial Nov. 4.
O’Neill had claimed she served as Lady Gaga’s “personal alarm clock” to ensure she remained on schedule, that her stage outfits were available for a show and even to make sure the singer had a towel after a shower.
O’Neil, who said she was paid as much as $75,000 a year while working for the singer, had alleged that she was owed back pay of $19,200 for her work in early 2009 and almost $360,000 for her nonstop work between February 2010 and March 2011.
Lawyers for both O’Neill and Lady Gaga today submitted a stipulated order to U.S. District Court Judge Paul Gardephe, who is presiding over the case, informing him that they’d agreed to settle the case for an undisclosed amount and asking him to dismiss the case. The agreement also states that O’Neill is barred from bringing further claims for wages and overtime pay.
Paul Millus, a lawyer for O’Neill, and Steven Hurd, a lawyer for Lady Gaga and her company, didn’t immediately return voice-mail messages seeking comment about the accord.
The case is Jennifer O’Neill v. Mermaid Touring Inc., 11-cv-99128, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).
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