The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protects employees from discrimination, retaliation, and harassment on the basis of their race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, martial status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or veteran or military status.
Jan. 31, 2019
Wrongful Termination Suit Filed Against Singer Mariah Carey
More than a few California residents work for celebrities as personal assistants, nannies and more. Those relationships can be challenging considering the amount of public exposure their bosses receive, and some can be quite demanding. When those relationships turn sour, litigation could erupt. This appears to be the case between entertainer Mariah Carey and a former assistant — who recently filed a lawsuit against the celebrity alleging wrongful termination, among other things.
The former assistant claims that her working conditions forced her to endure sexual harassment, racial discrimination and retaliation. Other allegations include claims that Carey failed to pay earned wages upon termination, violated provisions of an oral contract and violated the covenant of fair dealing and good faith. These claims arose shortly after Carey filed a lawsuit against the former assistant in which the singer accuses her of violating a nondisclosure agreement.
The lawsuit filed by the former assistant also includes Carey’s former manager, who is allegedly responsible for the behavior that led to the lawsuit. Carey is accused of knowing about the abuse the former assistant suffered, without doing anything about it. Since Carey was her boss, it was her responsibility to ensure her employees were not subjected to such abuses and a hostile work environment.
As often happens in wrongful termination disputes between California companies and their employers, each side believes they are in the right. If the parties cannot work out an agreement outside of the courtroom, it will be up to a judge to weed through the claims of each party and make a determination. This largely depends on the amount and type of evidence each party provides to the court regarding their respective claims, along with evidence that refutes the claims of the other party.
How many times have you wondered if you’re getting paid your fair share? Do you think you’re underpaid because of your race, sex, gender, disability, or even your prior salary history?
If you cannot work because you’re injured/sick or you need to care for a qualifying family member, eligible employees (those who worked more than 1,250 hours in the year prior for an employer with 5 or more employees) are eligible for up to 12 weeks of Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) and/or California Family Rights Act protected Leave (CFRA).