Musician Alanis Morrisette has been in the spotlight before for accusations related to unpaid overtime. She is now facing another suit against her and her husband related to a wage and hour dispute. Morrisette is most famous for her 90s pop hit 'Ironic' but has recently been the focus of lawsuits related to wage disputes by former employees. The former employee is alleging several complaints that violate Los Angeles labor law.
These type of allegations could result in Morrisette being required to pay the alleged unowed amount and penalties on top of that. It does not matter than the employee was employed privately by Morrisette and her husband; the Los Angeles labor laws still apply to her. The employee alleged that Morissette is liable for damages related to wrongful discharge, labour law violations, unpaid wages, infliction of emotional distress and unfair business practices, according to the plaintiff.
The couple calls the allegations "cruel." However, the former employee alleges that the couple created a "hostile work environment" when she complained about her working conditions. No specific details have been released as to what kind of work the employee actually did for the couple. Morrisette is currently in the middle of a lawsuit with her former nanny for their son who alleges long, exhausting shifts and unpaid overtime.
The allegations related to either case have not been proven or disproven. If these women truly did experience the working conditions and unpaid wages as they allege; Morrisette and her husband could be facing monetary damages. Labor law applies to everyone employed and excludes few. These laws were enacted in order to protect the rights of employees everywhere.
Source: contactmusic.com, "Alanis Morrisette sued by another former employee," Oct. 10, 2014