Friday, September 07, 2012
Social Worker Claims Reporting Mariah Carey Cost Her Job
Days after Mariah Carey gave birth she was reported to the Department of Child and Family Services for drinking beer and taking pain medication while breastfeeding her twins [click here if you missed that].
The social worker who reported Mariah was fired shortly after and now she's suing for wrongful termination...
Mela Ferrer claims she was pressured to cover up the incident to protect Mariah's image and when she refused she was fired.
In a lawsuit that does not mention Mariah Carey by name, Mela, who was working at the Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center on a temporary assignment when Mariah gave birth, claims she was fired because the hospital was worried that the negative press would deter other celebrities from using their facility.
Mela says she was told the official cause of her termination was failure to follow protocol by consulting with the social work supervisor before filing her report, but Mela insists no such protocol was in place at the time.
68 year old Mela is seeking punitive damages for wrongful termination, violation of several state laws, breach of confidentiality and/or privacy, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and age discrimination.