Jennifer O’Neill says in her lawsuit … she worked for Gaga for 13 months, and is owed $380,000 in overtime. O’Neill says in her suit her job included “ensuring the promptness of a towel following a shower and serving as a personal alarm clock to keep [Gaga] on schedule.”
O’Neill claims she had to cater to Gaga in “stadiums, private jets, fine hotel suites, yachts, ferries, trains and tour buses.”
And, O’Neill says, she was required to be at Gaga’s beck and call at her “earliest waking hour.”
O’Neill is suing for the $380k — which represents 7,168 hours of overtime during the 13 months.
Gaga is not a defendant. O’Neill is suing Mermaid Touring Company, which Gaga uses for concerts and what not.
Gaga’s rep told the New York Post the suit is “completely without merit.”
So, OK. Normally, I’d NEVER defend Lady Gaga (and I’m still not, though I prefaced my comments with that previous statement), but isn’t this the kind of thing that personal assistants are generally required to do? Manage schedules, help organize crap, fetch things that these celebrities should be capable of fetching on their own and WOULD, if they weren’t jammed so far up their own asses that their arms turned into T-Rex appendages? Well, yes. However, one thing a lot of people seem to be missing is that this Jennifer chick isn’t lazy and she isn’t suing for having to perform demeaning tasks – she’s suing for unpaid overtime, and if Gaga’s personal life is as on-demand and erratic as her professional life, I don’t doubt that this poor girl had zero time of her own on her hands, and last I checked, overtime deserves compensation, too, no?
Hell yes, I’d be pissed. DOWN WITH GAGA.