HALSEY is being sued by their former nanny for allegedly not paying overtime wages and disability discrimination, a new lawsuit shows.
Halsey is being sued by a former worker after welcoming their first child last year
The singer welcomed their son Ender Ridley in July last year
According to documents obtained exclusively by The Sun, the singer, real name Ashley Frangipane, is one of the defendants in a 15-page complaint filed this week in Los Angeles.
Plaintiff Ashley Funches is suing for failure to pay overtime wages, pay wages on a timely basis, reimburse business expenses, waiting for time penalties, and disability discrimination, along with failure to accommodate and engage.
She claimed she worked “around the clock” for the singer in late 2021 and was fired after she complained about the lack of overtime pay.
The singer is also accused of retaliation, failure to prevent, and violating California labor laws, with the plaintiff seeking an undisclosed amount for “unpaid wages, penalties, interest, attorneys’ fees, and costs and expenses.”
Halsey is yet to respond to the lawsuit, but their rep told TMZ: “These allegations are baseless.
“This individual’s employment was recently terminated in response to specific incidents in which Halsey’s infant was left unsupervised in an unsafe location while under the nanny’s care, and it was discovered the nanny was intoxicated while the child was in her care.”
The singer added: “Furthermore, at no time during this individual’s term of employment with Halsey were any complaints even raised.
“Consequently, while Halsey is both saddened and disappointed by this turn of events, they feel it is important to refute these allegations publicly, as they take ableism and ethical working conditions very seriously.”
The documents claim Funches worked for the star as a live-in personal attendant for her newborn child in exchange for an annual salary of an undisclosed amount.
“Plaintiff’s duties included caring for the child, preparing meals, cleaning, laundry, cleaning breast pump materials, organizing the nursery, and running errands as needed,” the filing reads.
She was allegedly hired with an unknown disability which “limited her to major life activities” but she was able to perform the essential functions of her job with or without reasonable accommodations.
“Throughout the majority of her employment, Plaintiff worked around the clock on consecutive days with little to no day of rest,” the filing claims.
“In or around October 2021, Plaintiff began complaining to Defendant about her long working hours and Defendant’s failure to pay for her overtime hours.”
She claims she regularly worked over nine hours a day and 45 hours a week without overtime compensation.
‘WORKED AROUND THE CLOCK’
Funches has hired top LA lawyer Frank Kim, who has also represented former staffers of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in similar lawsuits.
“Throughout her employment, Plaintiff was required to use her own personal device to, among other things, respond to work-related phone calls, e-mails, and/or text messages with Defendants,” the suit continues.
In December 2021, the singer allegedly made a one-time payment of $5,000 to their nanny for her accumulated over time, but Funches felt this was not sufficient for the hours put in.
Documents alleged on or about March 16, 2022, Funches sent the star a text message informing them that she may need to undergo a medical procedure that would require her to take a leave of
absence from work.
“A few days later, without any warning or response to Plaintiff’s text
message, Defendant responded by terminating Plaintiff,” the complaint alleges.
The papers claim the singer “illegally and wrongfully terminated
her” in retaliation for complaining about lack of pay and “on the basis of her disability and/or perceived disability.”
According to the suit, the former nanny “suffered and claims general damages for mental and emotional distress and aggravation in an amount to be proven at the time of trial.”
The complaint is the second hit for Halsey this week after they were left “heartbroken and panicked” after their Maryland concert was canceled due to severe flash flooding.
The singer, who is currently on their Love and Power Tour, was set to take the stage at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia.
Fans took to social media to share their scary experiences after being left in ankle-length water and asking to be let out of the pit.
“I am beyond disappointed with the way the venue handled everything tonight and my rescheduled date will be happening somewhere else,” Halsey wrote on social media.
“I hear you guys loud and clear I promise.”
The hitmaker explained that they pulled the plug on the show to keep fans safe amid weather concerns.
“Maryland I don’t even know what to say,” an emotional Halsey went on. “I’m heartbroken and panicked and I just want to know when/that you all get home safely. I love you guys more than anything.”
“I promise I wanted to [perform] more than anything. But I couldn’t because it would have been SO unsafe if I went out there and people rushed the stage during or after the storm.
“A lot of things were out of my control tonight but I promise everything I COULD choose, I chose your safety.”
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