Mariah Carey is facing a lawsuit from a former assistant who alleges the pop superstar owes her overtime payments. Ylser Oliver, 49, claims she began working for Carey in March, 2007 and undertook jobs such as tidying the singer’s New York home, answering phones, grocery shopping and packing suitcases, often working 16-hour days.
Oliver, who quit in June (14), alleges she often worked seven days a week without meal breaks or proper overtime pay, and she is now suing the star over claims she is owed time-and-a-half pay when working more than 40 hours a week, according to the New York Post.
Oliver’s lawyer Matthew Blit tells the publication, “My client put her family’s life on hold while tending to Mariah Carey’s family, and Mariah repaid her by underpaying her… My client is a very hardworking woman who treated Mariah and her family like her own, working all hours of the day and night. Even celebrities are required to abide by the law.”
Blit adds that his client is demanding a “significant amount of money”.
Carey’s spokeswoman Cindi Berger says, “I can’t comment on anything that I’m not aware of and we haven’t heard anything about this lawsuit.”