Kelis has been in the headlines for many reasons in the past few months that unfortunately have more to do with her personal relationships than her music. This time, the person that has issues with the “Bossy” singer is her former nanny, who is accusing her of being a pretty horrible employer.
The Blast obtained court documents filed with the California Labor Commissioner’s Office by Soraya Tacson accusing Kelis of refusing to pay her in full for her services. The singer has already been ordered to pay $17,000 and part of the judgment is payment for a plane ticket Tacson was forced to purchase when she was left stranded by the singer in London.
Tacson was reportedly hired in 2016 to be Kelis’s nanny to assist in caring for the singer’s then six-month-old son and a seven-year-old son that she shares with rapper and ex-husband, Nas. The nanny was scheduled to work out of Kelis’s home as well as travel on tour maintaining childcare duties such as babysitting, feeding the children, packing suitcases, bathing and dressing the kids and washing clothes. I am in no ways close to wealthy but the duties of a nanny are strikingly similar to parenting duties, but I digress.
Tacson reports that same year she repeatedly asked Kelis about payment which she never received, and while traveling in London, Kelis fired her on the spot without a return flight to her home in Los Angeles. The nanny says she bought a ticket to her mother’s home in Madrid before paying for a $1200 flight to Los Angeles.
The Labor Commissioner’s Office ultimately ruled that Kelis pay $17,623.73 to Tacson after considering the evidence, deciding that Tacson proved her claims. Kelis’ argument that the nanny had a problem returning phone calls or texts was disregarded.
Kelis has become quite familiar with the courtroom in the past few months. She has been involved in a lengthy legal battle with ex-husband Nas, requesting increased child support payments. The pair seemed to amicably come to a joint custody agreement, but weeks later the “Hate Me Now” rapper filed paperwork claiming she broke the custody agreement. Since then, the pair have been involved in a heated exchange on social media after Kelis made claims that Nas was abusive during their marriage, an accusation which he denies.