HALSEY is being sued by her former nanny over alleged unpaid overtime pay and disability discrimination, a new lawsuit shows.
The 27-year-old singer welcomed her first child, son Ender Ridley Aydin, with boyfriend Alev Aydin in July last year.
According to documents exclusively made available to The Sun, singer-songwriter Ashley Frangipane is one of the defendants in a 15-page lawsuit filed in Los Angeles this week.
Plaintiff Ashley Funches is suing for failure to pay overtime wages, timely payment of wages, reimbursement of business expenses, waiting time penalties and discrimination based on disability, and failure to be accommodating and committed.
She claimed she worked “round the clock” for the singer in late 2021 and was fired after complaining about a lack of overtime pay.
The singer also faces charges of retaliation, failing to prevent and violating California labor laws, with the plaintiff seeking an undisclosed amount for “arrears of wages, penalties, interest, attorneys’ fees, and costs and expenses.”
Halsey has yet to respond to the lawsuit, but her rep told TMZ, “These allegations are unfounded. It was determined that the nanny was intoxicated while the child was in her care.”
The singer added, “Furthermore, no complaints were made at any time during that individual’s tenure with Halsey. Therefore, while Halsey is both saddened and disappointed by this turn of events, they feel it is important to publicly refute these allegations “as they take ableism and ethical working conditions very seriously.”
The documents claim Funches worked for the star as a personal attendant to her newborn child in exchange for an undisclosed annual salary.
“The plaintiff’s duties included looking after the child, preparing meals, cleaning, laundry, cleaning breast pump materials, organizing nursery and running errands as needed,” the filing reads.
She was reportedly hired with an undisclosed disability that “limited her to important life activities,” but she was able to perform the essential functions of her job with or without reasonable accommodation.
“During the majority of her employment, the plaintiff worked 24 hours a day, 24 hours a day, with little to no rest days,” the filing reads.
“In or about October 2021, the plaintiff began complaining to the defendant about her long hours worked and the defendant’s failure to pay her overtime hours.”
She claims to have regularly worked more than nine hours a day and 45 hours a week without overtime compensation.
“WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK”
Funches hired top LA attorney Frank Kim, who has also represented former associates of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in similar court cases.
“Throughout her employment, the plaintiff was required to use her own personal device to, among other things, respond to work-related phone calls, emails and/or text messages with the defendants,” the lawsuit continues.
In December 2021, the singer reportedly made a one-off payment of $5,000 to her nanny for her accumulated overtime, but Funches felt it wasn’t enough for the hours worked.
Documents alleged to be on or around March 16, 2022, Funches texted the star informing her that she may have to undergo a medical procedure that would require her to say goodbye
absence from work.
“A few days later, with no warning or response to the plaintiff’s text
message, the defendant responded with the plaintiff’s resignation,” the complaint alleges.
The newspapers claim the singer “illegally and wrongly resigned
her” in retaliation for the complaint of lack of pay and “due to her disability and/or perceived disability”.
According to the lawsuit, the former nanny “suffered and is seeking general damages for mental and emotional distress and aggravation in an amount to be proven at the time of the trial.”
The complaint is the second hit for Halsey this week after they were left “heartbroken and in a panic” after their Maryland concert was canceled due to severe flash flooding.
The singer, who is currently on her Love and Power Tour, was scheduled to take the stage at Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Fans took to social media to share their frightening experience after being left in ankle-length water and begged to be let out of the pit.
“I am beyond disappointed with how the venue handled everything tonight and my rescheduled appointment will be held elsewhere,” Halsey wrote on social media. “I hear you loud and clear, I promise.”
The hitmaker explained that they pulled the plug on the show to protect fans amid weather issues.
“Maryland, I don’t even know what to say,” an emotional Halsey continued. “I’m heartbroken and in a panic and I just want to know when/that you’re all getting home safely. I love you more than anything else.”
“I promise I did [perform] more than anything. But I couldn’t because it would have been SO unsafe if I went out there and people rushed onto the stage during or after the storm.
“Many things were beyond my control tonight, but I promise anything I COULD choose, I chose your safety.”
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