Looks like Lady Gaga really is a monster…to work for, that is. The New York Post is reporting that Gaga’s former personal assistant, Jennifer O’Neill, is planning on suing the pop star for unpaid overtime in the sum of $380,000. According to O’Neill’s court papers, Gaga basically treated her like a slave, making O’Neill cater to the singer’s every whim for the 13 months she worked for her. Some of her responsibilities included: getting the artist anything she wanted at any hour of the day or night, handling her schedule, money, and food, all while “ensuring the availability of chosen outfits,” which — given Gaga’s wardrobe history — would be a full time job unto itself. Furthermore, O’Neill claims that she was so overwhelmed with her tasks that there were no breaks for meals “or, at times, even sleep.”
And although these duties seem like a pretty typical description for a celeb personal assistant job, Gaga has been known to take things a little too far in the past when it comes to the hired help. Another former personal assistant, Angela Ciemny, used to be required to sleep with Gaga most nights because the diva refused to be alone, according to the book “Poker Face: The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga.” Additionally, Ciemny — who worked for Gaga in 2009 — said she and the Born This Way star sometimes did their makeup together and would even hop in the shower at the same time. So it looks like O’Neill kind of got off easy, doesn’t it?
Of course, this could all be a typical ploy to unjustly steal money from a well known celebrity. So many people try to sue our favorite Hollywood stars daily that it’s hard to weed out the legit ones from the thieves, but if O’Neill really is owed money for unpaid work, then she should get it. I mean, in this economy, every penny counts and $380,000 is a big chunk of change, so as long as she did her job like she was supposed to, then she should get her payday. Unsurprisingly, a spokeswoman for Gaga denies the allegations, stating the lawsuit is “completely without merit.”