Lady Gaga's former personal assistant and friend Jennifer O'Neill is suing the pop star for allegedly not paying her overtime even though she was on call 24 hours a day and even slept in the same bed as Gaga.
O'Neill's lawsuit, which was filed in 2011, claims that she had no personal time and was literally on the job at all times, in early 2009, and from February 2010 until March 2011.
Today, U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe set the trial for November 4.
O'Neill claims she was paid $50,000 a year the first time she worked for Gaga and then $75,000 per year when hired the second time.
In her deposition, O'Neill stated: “I was by her side virtually 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That includes sleeping in the same bed with her. Because she did not sleep alone. Unlike anybody else on that tour, I did not have my own hotel room. I was not asked if I wanted my own hotel room."
O'Neill claims she worked 7,168 hours of unpaid overtime and is owed more than $380,000, notes the New York Post.
Lady Gaga testified in her deposition testimony: "You don't get a schedule. You don't get a schedule that is like you punch in and you can play ... at your desk for four hours and then you punch out at the end of the day. This is when I need you, you're available."
O'Neill claimed that she had to monitor Gaga's email and telephone, as well as keep track of the singer's 20 bags of luggage.
The former assistant said that she had to ensure Gaga's special diet was available at every location, get the superstar to her concerts on time, assist with costume changes and arrange for ice packs, tea, shower, dinner and an exit from the concert venue.
Source: New York Post