According to a lawsuit obtained by TheWrap, Simonette DaCosta says she worked for Carey and Cannon from October 2013 to January 2014, alternating between 12-hour and 24-hour shifts each week. DaCosta claims this led to working 120-hour weeks when on the 24-hour shift.
DaCosta is now seeking the unpaid overtime she claims to have earned by working more than 40 hours a week, premium wages, liquidated damages, attorneys' fees, costs and pre-judgment interest. The lawsuit also alleges that she isn't the only employee Cannon and Carey have stiffed.
"There are numerous similarly situated current and former employees of Ms. Carey and Mr. Cannon who were subjected to the aforementioned policy," the complaint reads.
In addition to the allegations of unpaid overtime, DaCosta also says Carey was a demanding and difficult employer who fired DaCosta for showing her twins, Monroe and Moroccan, "too much affection."
"Ms. Carey would often call Plaintiff at hours in the middle of the night and demand to be taken to her children or to be updated as to the status of her children," the lawsuit reads. "Mrs. Carey would not tolerate any delay when she called and Plaintiff had to attend to her every demand, spontaneous or otherwise, whether called upon during the day or in the middle of the night."
But this changed when "Mrs. Carey terminated Plaintiff after berating her for exhibiting too much affection towards her children."
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