Friday, March 25, 2022

Brandy Sued for Age Discrimination

Back in 2008 Brandy's momager Sonia Norwood sued Kim Kardashian and her siblings for making more than $120,000 in unauthorized purchases on Brandy's credit card while Kim was working as Brandy and Ray J's stylist [click here if you missed that]. 

Speaking of lawsuits, Brandy just got sued by her former maid for wrongful termination and age discrimination... 

The suit claims Maria Castaneda worked for the singer from September 2002 through February 2022 at her Calabasas mansion. She was paid a day rate of $125. Her responsibilities included cooking, cleaning and doing the laundry.
Castaneda is over 60 years old.
The housekeeper claims Brandy fired her in 2022 because she didn’t want an older employee. The suit also accuses the singer of failing to pay her employee for her last 2 days of work.
During her employment, Castaneda also says she was “not permitted to take an uninterrupted 10-minute rest break in the morning and an uninterrupted 10-minute rest break in the afternoon, nor was [Castaneda] permitted to take an uninterrupted 30-minute meal rest break.”
Castaneda filed a California Fair Employment and Housing complaint in March 2022 and now she’s filing this civil lawsuit.
She is seeking in excess of $250k for the alleged age discrimination. Castaneda claims Brandy has caused her harm, including “emotional distress."
The ex-housekeeper also wants her legal bills paid in the case.


Anonymous said...

Brandy mistreating the help. What a shame.

R in NYC said...

Sounds like the employee was desperate for the work since she tolerated the abuse for 20 years. A lot of rich folks take advantage of their maids, nannies and personal assistants.
Vanessa Bryant and Kim Porter were sued for abusing their help as well. They hurried up and paid them off and I'm sure Brandy will do the same.

JustALady said...

Hmmmmm! Sounds like she wants her 401K on Brandy's back. I would have to hear both sides of the story!

Anon said...

Was Brandy ever cute?

Anonymous said...

^^^ To Me She Is Uniquely Beautiful In Looks & Sound...

Love Brandy A Triple Threat W Her Clothes On

Anonymous said...

I worked for UPS and delivered packages to the rich in Pacific Palisades. 99% of the mansions had a Latinx housekeeper. 85% of the Latinx employees were illiterate. And these households were major movie stars. I was shocked at the blatant racism from these people.

Anonymous said...

This sucks & sounds cold blooded..Someone thats been with you that long clearly wasn't problematic.
Its cool if she didn't want/need her services anymore but you send her off nicely. 20 years is retirement for a 60yr old.....This speaks volumes of secret squirrel Brandy still tryna maintain a wholesome persona....

Anonymous said...

20ty years and now you got a problem. I'm not buying it. The Mexicans are the only ones that will do the house keeping jobs. Ninjas and Yt women are not going to do it. The Caribbean women push Yt baby's all day everyday here in NYC. Running over the border with little education, no green card plus needing a job is a good salary, at $125 a day. Substitute schoolteachers don't make much more than that.

At 60ty she may not be able to keep up with the daily chores. Don't Brandy have a little rug rat toddler running around getting into sht? That woman aint trying to raise Brandy's illegitimate child. Consuela wants that retirement fund like someone else said.

Anonymous said...

@ 11:25 And for 20 years of service (not spilling tea) Consuela deserves some "hush funds".

Anonymous said...

Shoulda just paid the lady her last 2 days

The King Of The Real said...

Brandy looking FINE! The maid aint getting a nickel. Give her that 2 days pay and move her along. This is why you use an agency.Mofos get too cozy.

Anonymous said...

^^^Exactly, the ones who don't work for any agency usually can't because they have no legal papers. There's no way I'd hire someone that's not legal or doesn't have a paper trail that police can trail for when my house gets broken into. Yes, a lot of these "freelance domestic technicians" are looking for their reparations in any way they can get it.

Unknown said...

Lmao them damn Mexicans always looking for a come up.

Anonymous said...

$125 a day in California! Omg, that's like $30,000 a day. Chile, I wouldn't have worked for Brandi, because rich YT families like the Kennedys have retirement funds for their maids.

Anonymous said...

Thirty K is more than she would make in Mexico. Living in the ghetto and her kids/grandkids selling drugs on the side is a good living for a granny. LOLOL

Anonymous said...

Hondagneu-Sotelo is a professor of sociology in the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

The newest arrivals from Mexico and Central America often come to Los Angeles with little other opportunity. Without company benefits or controls, many work up to 70 hours a week and often are paid less than minimum wage. If they’re lucky, they’ll graduate to work as an hourly housekeeper, and a fortunate few will launch their own businesses, cleaning clients’ homes on a weekly or semi-monthly basis.

“The work of house cleaners and nannies is a bedrock of our culture and economy,” Hondagneu-Sotelo said. “Without them, L.A. would come to a screeching halt. Yet the work and the women who do it remain invisible and disregarded.”

Hondagneu-Sotelo’s study includes in-depth interviews with 68 individuals, including domestic workers and employers from all parts of Los Angeles, as well as advocacy attorneys and domestic employment agency owners. She also conducted a broader survey of 153 domestic workers interviewed at bus stops, English as a Second Language evening classes and parks where nannies congregate.
She found that the relationship between worker and employer is complex and intense. In many cases, shame, guilt and awkwardness are felt on both sides.
Additional findings include:
• Many domestic workers are ashamed of their jobs and well aware of the low status and stigma attached to paid domestic work. Few aspire to the job or want their daughters to follow in their footsteps, but they remain proud of what their wages en able them to provide for their families.
• Most domestic workers had no training in watching children and keeping house when they left their countries, where they were students or secretaries or factory workers. Many would prefer that employers give them explicit directions.
• Due to busy schedules or discomfort, some employers avoid forming personal bonds that workers often crave. Although some employers use personal relations as a mask for low salaries and long hours, most workers get little contact or interest from their bosses. Workers perceive this disregard through the prism of racism and anti-immigrant campaigns, which have beseiged California in recent years.
• Forty percent of domestic workers surveyed who are mothers report at least one of their children remains in their countries of origin. Job structure, wages and immigration policies force these women to be separated from their families while they care for other people’s families.
• Live-in workers are keenly aware of how meals and food underline the boundaries between them and the families they work for. Sitting down for a meal symbolizes membership in a family, and Latina employees know they are not included. Although refrigerators in many homes are stocked with gourmet food, fresh fruit and designer water, workers are often instructed to eat only hot dogs with the children.
• In some households, live-ins work in the background while families go about their daily lives. Drug use, family fights, extramarital affairs and other indiscretions often take place in front of the worker. Because the domestic does not speak fluent English, the families may assume she is oblivious to what transpires around her.
• Many assume rich people pay higher wages, but in some of Los Angeles’ most affluent areas, including Malibu, Pacific Palisades and Bel-Air, some live-in jobs pay less than those in middle-class suburbs.
• Live-in workers are the most in demand but these jobs are considered the least desirable and only recent arrivals to America take them. In these positions, many report that they experience loneliness, lack of food, disrespect, dawn-to-midnight work schedules, six-day work-weeks and sexual harassment.

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