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article imageLady Gaga sued by assistant for...making her work hard?

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 25, 2011 in Entertainment
It seems the former personal assistant to Lady Gaga, Jennifer O'Neill, is suing her former boss for making her perform the duties of - a personal assistant. That's what a read of court documents indicates.
Forty-one-year old Jennifer O'Neill filed her suit in a court in New York just days before Christmas. O'Neill worked for $75,000 per year and worked with the fame monster for 13 months total. O'Neill was Gaga's personal assistant on her massively long 2010 Monster Ball tour, a tour that saw her play in well over 100 cities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan and Australia.
In her complaint, the former Gaga employee claims she is owed more than $389,000 in unpaid overtime wages because of 7,168 hours she says she worked overtime but was not paid for. She claims it was routine for her to go without breaks or "even sleep" and that whether on the road or in New York she had to be there for everything her boss needed, often being summonsed at odd hours of the night.
Lady Gaga: Meat Dresses, Condoms
Her lawsuit claims she was kept busy doing such things as“ensuring the promptness of a towel following a shower and serving as a personal alarm clock to keep (her boss) on schedule" and “ensuring the availability of chosen outfits.” Given Gaga's penchant for wearing in giant eggs, meat dresses, bubble dresses and super-sized condoms, dressing her may be a job onto itself.
New York Post writer Kathianne Boniello broke the story and since it has been picked up by numerous new sites, including TMZ, the Daily Mail and CBS. There has yet to be any media that has managed a direct quote about the complaint from Lady Gaga, who is celebrating Christmas in Japan. Her reps issued a statement saying O'Neill's lawsuit is "completely without merit."
Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour
The Monster Ball tour, one of the highest grossing tours in the history of rock, actually began on Nov. 27 of 2009 in Montreal, Canada and ended May 6, 2011 in Mexico City. It's unclear exactly how many shows of the 201 that comprised the tour O'Neill worked with Gaga on, but she worked virtually every show in the year 2010.
It's not the first time Lady Gaga has been under attack from former employees. David Ciemny, who was Gaga's tour manager earlier in her rise to fame, said harsh words about her in Maureen Callahan's book Poker Face: The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga. The unauthorized biography of Gaga was published in September of 2010.
O'Neill has yet to speak to the press about her lawsuit.
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