Lady Gaga Going To Trial In Ex-assistant’s ‘on-call’ Lawsuit

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A trial is set for Nov. 4. O’Neill worked for the singer for one to two months in early 2009 and for 13 months beginning in February 2010. The judge said both sides agree she was expected to be available as needed throughout each hour of each day. PHOTOS: Lady Gagas Most Memorable Fashion Moments Gardephe ruled that O’Neill’s “on-call” time potentially qualifies for overtime compensation. O’Neill said she was paid at a flat rate of about $50,000 annually when she was first hired and $75,000 annually the second time by the pop singer, who is estimated in a list published by Forbes magazine to have earned $80 million in the first six months of this year. Lawyers did not immediately comment. In his written decision, Gardephe noted that lawyers said Lady Gaga, listed in the litigation under her birth name — Stefani Germanotta — and O’Neill frequently slept in the same bed because O’Neill never had her own hotel room while on tour and was required to address Lady Gaga’s needs throughout the night. O’Neill had testified in a deposition that if Lady Gaga was watching a DVD in the middle of the night and grew tired of it, she woke her up to take out and replace the DVD. PHOTOS: VMAs 2013: Best and Worst Moments “Every day is a work day for her, so every day is a work day for the rest of us,” she said. “There is no, ‘We’re going to stay in, we’re going to sleep.’ There is no, ‘Let’s put on sweatpants and go out to the movies and be girlfriends.’ It doesn’t work like that,” O’Neill said. In her deposition testimony, Lady Gaga had testified: “You don’t get a schedule. You don’t get a schedule that is like you punch in and you can play … at your desk for four hours and then you punch out at the end of the day. This is, when I need you, you’re available.” O’Neill had testified she was responsible for sometimes monitoring the singer’s e-mail and telephone communications and for handling all her luggage — generally 20 bags — including clothing, accessories, makeup and toiletries.

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“If you look historically outside of the EDM scene, you can see a lot of musicians talk about different sorts of drugs. Look at marijuana use in hip-hop,” she explains. “Historically, the Grateful Dead back when they were popular in the ’70s talked a lot about snorting cocaine. That carried into the ’80s with Eric Clapton and many other artists [such as Grandmaster Melle Mel’s song ‘White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It).’] Jimi Hendrix sang about heroin. The Rolling Stones sang about amphetamine use in the ’60s with ‘Mother’s Little Helper.’ Amphetamines were prescribed to housewives back then.” In fact, Professor Anderson says that the correlation between drug use and popular music goes back to the ’50s when jazz artists were discussing marijuana use, leading to middle class kids from good families wanting to try it. Rihanna (Neil P. Mockford/FilmMagic) “What celebrities usually musicians do, is they create trends, and they install desire around lifestyles that young people want to emulate. If they do that with fashion, then of course they’re going to do that with drug use,” she says. “So now you don’t have just one person saying ‘Molly is a great thing,’ you have many artists doing so.” “omg! Insider” interviewed Simon Vozick-Levinson, an editor from Rolling Stone who has written extensively about Molly. He points out that musicians have to be careful about how blatantly they advocate for drug use. “Artists have to walk a fine line. Obviously they want to seem cool, so artists will reference drugs, but then they also don’t want to be explicitly referencing drugs They don’t want to be seen that they’re advocating for something that’s illegal or possibly dangerous so they kind of have to kind of use those coded references. And that’s something that goes back decades and decades in pop culture.” But Professor Anderson doesn’t think the pop stars are necessarily the ones who deserve most of the blame.

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View/Post Comments Lady Gaga maintains that O’Neill was often not working as an assistant, but enjoying the perks of being her friend… For once Lady Gaga ‘s strange ensembles are not generating headlines. Instead, the media is closely following a lawsuit by the pop star’s former assistant. Jennifer O’Neill alleges that she is owed thousands of dollars in unpaid overtime wages after essentially being at Lady Gaga’s beck and call 24 hours a day. If Lady Gaga’s deposition testimony is any preview of the events to come, the trial will be explosive. The musician was not wearing her “Poker Face” when she reportedly called O’Neill a “[expletive deleted] hood rat who is suing me for money that she didn’t earn.” In support of her claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, O’Neill maintains that she “was on duty during all hours of each twenty-four hour, with no entitlement to breaks, or meals or otherwise, or at times, even sleep.” Her job duties allegedly included confirming lady Gaga’s schedule, reviewing her credit card statements, ordering meals, ensuring the availability of chosen outfits, and even “ensuring the promptness of a towel following a shower.” O’Neill attended to Lady Gaga’s needs while at home and also traveled with her to personal appearances and tour locations. She was paid an annual salary of $75,000 with no discussion of overtime pay. In defending the employment lawsuit , Lady Gaga maintains that O’Neill was often not working as an assistant, but enjoying the perks of being her friend, noting that she “slept in Egyptian cotton sheets every night, in five-star hotels, on private planes, eating caviar…” The two were friends and roommates before Lady Gaga offered her the job as her personal assistant. One of the main questions for the jury will be asked to consider is whether O’Neill should be compensated for the time she was “on call.” Under federal wage laws, an employee who is required to remain on his or her employer’s premises or so close thereto that he or she cannot use the time effectively for his or her own purposes is technically “working” and, hence, entitled to wages, while on-call. Donald Scarinci is a New Jersey lawyer and managing partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC a regional law firm with offices in New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. His columns feature legal issues in the news and articles about the business and practice of law. He also writes regularly in Politicker NJ and the Constitutional Law Reporter .

In response to the lawsuit, Lady Gaga filed a 200-page deposition in her own words, first obtained by The Daily Mail . I am going to tell you exactly what fucking happened, so that the judge can read on this transcript exactly whats going on, which is my ex-best friend is a fucking hood rat who is suing me for money that she didnt earn. The job was essentially a favor, and Jennifer was majorly unqualified for it, Gaga said in the deposition. [O’Neill] thinks shes just like the Queen of the Universe. And, you know what? She didnt want to be slave to one, because in my work and what I do, Im the Queen of the Universe every day, is something Lady Gaga actually said in a legal document. Gaga also thinks that her former assistant was paid fairly because she lived a luxurious lifestyle that included partying with creepy photographers. Gaga said of one night in Paris with ONeill, We had the best time. Jennifer was there. She hung out all night with me and Terry Richardson and tons of socialites from Paris, and she had the time of her life. I am quite wonderful to everybody who works for me, and I am completely aghast to what a disgusting human being that you have become to sue me like this. Because she slept in Egyptian cotton sheets every night, in five-star hotels, on private planes, eating caviar, partying with Terry Richardson all night, wearing my clothes, asking YSL [Yves Saint Laurent] to send her free shoes without my permission, using my YSL discount without my permission. In the original lawsuit, ONeill complained that she never got a day off from work. I was by her side virtually 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That includes sleeping in the same bed with her because she did not sleep alone. According to Gaga, that is not her problem You know, I did six shows a week and I make a lot of money. I work. I work 24 hours a day.