Mariah Carey Accused Of Cheating ‘Underpaid’ Ex-Employee Out Of Owed Wages
An impending divorce isn’t the only legal matter that needs Mariah Carey’s attention. The troubled singer is also being dragged to court by a former employee.
According to the Daily Mail, Ysler Oliver, 50, is alleging that she was frequently overworked and “underpaid” by the diva. In her lawsuit, Oliver is generous with the number of allegations she hurls at Carey.
She began working as the star’s assistant in March 2007 and eventually quit in June of 2014. Over the course of her 7-year employment stint, Oliver alleges that she frequently worked 16-hour days, completing tasks such as cleaning Mimi’s Tribeca apartment, packing her suitcases, tending to her “personal needs,” traveling with her, answering phones, taking care of the singer’s relatives and friends, arranging for repairs and services to be done on her home and more.
While nothing really stands out about the tasks mentioned, as they seem to fit the job description of a personal assistant, the reason that Oliver decided to call foul is because she claims that she is owed time and a half for the extended hours that she worked the singer, but she was never offered a dime extra.
“My client put her family’s life on hold while tending to Mariah Carey’s family, and Mariah repaid her by underpaying her,” said Oliver’s attorney Matthew Bilt. “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.”
Due to employment laws, Oliver should have been paid time and a half for the weeks that she worked more than 40 hours.
“[Carey] should have been aware that . . . the practices were unlawful,” the lawsuit argues.
The figure that she is requesting in her suit has not been disclosed, but Bilt has said that she’s asking for a “significant amount of money.”
Mimi’s spokesperson Cindi Berger insists that she has no knowledge of Oliver’s lawsuit.
“I can’t comment on anything that I’m not aware of and we haven’t heard anything about this lawsuit,” said Berger.