R&B star Brandy has reached a settlement together with her former housekeeper, who alleged age discrimination and extra when she sued the singer-actor for greater than $250,000 in March. Now the housekeeper’s attorneys wish to receives a commission too.
Information of the “Moesha” star’s $40,000 settlement with Maria Elizabeth Castaneda, a.okay.a. Elizabeth Juarez, got here by way of paperwork the previous housekeeper’s attorneys filed Friday with the Los Angeles County Superior Courtroom.
Kevin A. Lipeles and Thomas H. Schelly of the Lipeles Legislation Agency in El Segundo are looking for charges from $39,194.46 to $87,445.80, relying on the tactic the court docket chooses to find out what’s owed. Their submitting means that as a part of the settlement, Brandy (full title Brandy Norwood) has agreed to pay the quantity decided by the court docket.
A listening to concerning the charges is ready for Dec. 8.
Castaneda labored for Norwood for almost 20 years, making $125 a day, beginning in September 2002 and persevering with till she allegedly was fired on Feb. 25 of this yr, in line with paperwork filed beforehand with the court docket. She cooked, cleaned and did laundry.
In her civil criticism, 60-year-old Castaneda accused her former employer of age discrimination associated to her firing, plus further violations associated to state-mandated breaks, meal durations, additional time and extra.
Norwood’s legal professionals argued in court docket papers that the performer, 43, wasn’t chargeable for age discrimination and failure to forestall discrimination underneath state legal guidelines as a result of she didn’t usually make use of 5 folks. Additionally they mentioned Castaneda voluntarily give up.
Castaneda initially sought compensatory damages of at the least $250,000, basic damages of at the least $250,000, consequential damages of at the least $97,500, further damages totaling greater than $54,000 and attorneys charges. It’s unclear when the $40,000 settlement was reached.
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this report.