Working additional hours is a great way to make some extra income, especially if those hours qualify for payment of overtime. Laws in California and at the federal level protect employees under these circumstances. If the workers do not receive proper payment for their efforts, they may turn to the law for help.
Pop diva Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are being accused by their former nanny of not paying overtime. The woman was employed to take care of the couple's twins and claims that she was expected to respond 24 hours a day to any questions that Carey had about her children's well-being. It is also alleged that the singer frequently demanded to be taken to her children according to her whim, day or night.
According to her complaint, the plaintiff had a rigorous schedule which would require her to work up to 120 hours a week if she was working 24 hour shifts. The woman claims that she was never paid overtime when she worked in excess of 40 hours per week. Carey eventually fired the plaintiff, allegedly because she was too affectionate toward the children.
Allegedly, other former nannies of Carey were given identical treatment. The plaintiff filed a claim against the couple and is requesting the court award her unpaid wages and other damages, including court costs and attorneys' fees. California employees who find themselves in similar situations are entitled to move forward with a claim for legal recourse, seeking a monetary judgment for the payment that they believe to be owed.
Source: USA Today, "Ex-nanny sues Mariah, Nick over pay, work conditions", Tim Kenneally, Jan. 28, 2015