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Former assistant to Mariah Carey files a payment dispute

Stars can lead a very hectic lifestyle, which may require them to hire assistants to help them get their life in order so that they stay on task. Although they may be rich and famous, they are still obligated to follow applicable California state and federal labor laws. If their employees are not paid accordingly, they may file a payment dispute to get what they believe is owed to them.

Pop diva Mariah Carey is accused of not properly paying her former assistant. The plaintiff claims that she began working for the singer in 2007, but she recently quit after she could no longer tolerate being underpaid. Part of her responsibilities were to clean the star's home, do her shopping, help her prepare for trips and answer her phone calls.

All of the work that she was doing for the star allegedly led her to working long and arduous days, sometimes as many as 16 hours long. There were occasions when she claims she was required to work seven days a week and was not provided opportunities to take breaks or a meal period. Furthermore, the plaintiff asserts that when she worked over 40 hours, she was not provided overtime pay. She is suing the Carey for an unspecified sum of money.

California workers who feel that they have not been paid appropriately can first discuss the payment dispute with their employers to attempt to have the compensation corrected. Those who still do not receive the money that they believe to be owed may elect to move forward with legal action. Workers who are successful in their claims may be awarded their unpaid compensation as well as any other financial losses and damages that the court chooses to award based upon the individual circumstances of the case.

Source:, "Mariah Carey : Singer Sued By Former Assistant For Lost Overtime Pay", Dec. 20, 2014

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