One of Mariah Carey’s fired former nannies is suing the diva and estranged husband, Nick Cannon, claiming that she was forced to work 24 hours a day without even a meal break.
Mariah Carey, 44, has a new lawsuit on her hands. Papers have been filed against her and her future ex-husband, Nick Cannon, 34, by her former nanny, Simonette DaCosta, at the Manhattan federal court on Jan. 28. A new report claims that the super star forced her live-in nanny to be on call for 24 hours a day, but didn’t pay overtime. Yikes.
Mariah Carey Sued By Nanny Who Worked 24 Hours A Days
In the lawsuit, the former nanny alleges she started working for the pair in Oct. 2013, but was fired in Jan. 2014.
Simonette claims she worked overtime — sometimes up to 100 hours a week — but didn’t receive a dime for it. The report states that she was on-call 24 hours a day and wasn’t even entitled breaks for eating or sleeping.
Ouch, this doesn’t look good.
The ex-nanny also claims Mariah expected her to be at the family’s beck and call wherever they were, whether they were in NYC, LA, or even traveling around the world.
Simonette was paid between $6,000 and $7,200 a month for taking care of twins Moroccan and Monroe, 3, reports the NY Daily News. But her salary didn’t include overtime — which was a lot.
The lawyer for Simonette claims that Mariah and Nick owe her a total of $100,000 for unpaid hours. However, that isn’t sitting well for the singer’s rep who told the publication, “We don’t comment on frivolous lawsuits.”
Mariah Admits She Fires Nannies Left & Right
When it comes to her children, Mariah makes sure she’s the most important person in their lives and she reportedly made that loud and clear to her nannies — past and present.
Simonette claims she was fired because her boss felt jealous over the relationship she had with the twins. Awkward.
“She was caring for the children too well,” says her lawyer, Eli Freedberg. “Mariah was worried they were getting confused who the mommy was.”
Mariah isn’t shy about stating that she does, in fact, fire nannies if she feels threatened.
“I fire nannies like this… I hate doing it, but I have to,” she told the radio station Power 105.1 in an interview. “If they try to make themselves more important in the baby’s mind than me.”
We understand where her fear is coming from, but it’s hard for live-in nannies not to develop a strong relationship with the kids. That’s a huge part of their job!
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers, should Mariah and Nick pay the ex-nanny for her extended hours? Let us know.
— Brittany King