Alanis Morissette is one of the last celebrities I would expect to be sued by an employee, but that’s the case. An ex-nanny to Alanis’ two and a half year-old son, Ever, is suing the singer for unpaid wages and emotional distress.
Bianca Cambiero worked for Alanis and her husband, Mario Treadway, from August 2011 to March 2013 as an overnight nanny. Cambiero made $25 an hour working the 9pm to 9am shift about three to four days a week. She also traveled with the couple when Alanis was on tour. Cambiero alleges in the lawsuit that she was not allowed to leave the baby’s room unless Alanis or Mario was there, meaning that she was denied any breaks or opportunity to eat.
Under California law, workers who work five or more hours must receive a 30 minute meal break for every four hours worked along with a 10 minute personal break. They’re also entitled to time and a half pay for hours that exceed 40 in a week. Cambiero said she received no overtime despite asking for it and that she never got a break. She is seeking a jury trial, $30,000 for lost wages, $100,000 for emotional distress, and her attorney’s fees.
I have mixed feelings about this story. Let’s say the nanny worked four days a week. That’s $1,200 a week or over $60,000 a year just at base pay. Of course she should have been able to take a break. Doesn’t Alanis own a damn baby monitor? I don’t understand how this woman couldn’t fix herself a sandwich or even go to the bathroom when the baby was sleeping. Was she only expected to stay there while the baby was awake or even when he was sleeping?
The lawsuit doesn’t have details of whether Cambiero requested break time or protested about how long she was expected to stay in the room. It does specify that the two nannies asked Alanis’ accountant why they didn’t get overtime and were told “we don’t do that.”
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