Here’s the case by the numbers: 41-year-old Jennifer O’Neill worked for Gaga for 13 months. Her salary netted her $75,000 a year, but she alleges Gaga owes her $380,000 for the 7,168 hours of unpaid overtime she worked. (That’s about 18 hours of overtime per day, weekends included, over a 13 month period.) She is also seeking unspecified damges.
In court papers, O’Neill explains she had to wait on Gaga all day (and all night), every day. She was tasked with “ensuring the promptness of a towel following a shower and serving as a personal alarm clock to keep [Gaga] on schedule” as well as “ensuring the availability of chosen outfits” in “stadiums, private jets, fine hotel suites, yachts, ferries, trains and tour buses.” To which we say…well, duh.
The life of a celebrity personal assistant is anything but glamorous. Such a job is incredibly demanding, and while we argue O’Neill should have negotiated for a higher salary upon hiring or made sure her contract involved an overtime clause, her duties don’t seem that outrageous. Of course, Gaga’s spokeswoman dismissed the case as “completely without merit”. And honestly, we think we agree.