Alanis Morissette Sued By Nanny Over Lack of Meal Breaks, Overtime Pay

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Alanis Morissette is being sued by a former nanny who alleges that the singer never paid her overtime or allowed her to take breaks during 12-hour shifts.

Morissette, 39, and husband Mario "Souleye" Treadway have been sued by ex-employee Bianca Cambeiro, who filed the claims in court papers Thursday.

Alanis Morissette, Husband

Cambeiro cared for the couple's son Ever, who turns three on Christmas of this year, 3-4 days a week. And boy, those 3-4 days a week were rough!

Bianca says in court documents that she began working for Alanis Morissette in August 2011 at their Brentwood, Calif., home for the rate of $25 an hour.

Sounds like a great gig, right? Not so much, Bianca says.

Asked why she wasn't being paid overtime, Alanis' accountant allegedly said, "We don't do that." And her complaints don't stop there by any means.

Cambeiro claims she was prohibited from leaving the baby's room while it was sleeping unless one of the parents or until the day shift nanny relieved her.

According to the documents, the ex-nanny seeks no less than $100,000 for a list of reasons, including emotional distress, attorney fees and lost wages.

As a non-exempt employee who worked over 10 hours a day, she claims she was legally entitled to a minimum of two 30-minute meal breaks each shift.

Morissette's camp has yet to respond to the lawsuit.

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In Panama, my maid was $10.00 per day. No breaks or food required - and she washed all the laundry by hand. It's very hard to get a washing machine and even harder to get the plumbing hookups. Of course, I paid her way more than that, gave her breaks meals and food to take home. If people don't like the going rate, don't take the job. I bet there are a lot of perks we don't know about. Trips, couture hand me downs etc. Stop whining and start working. And the attorneys are a bunch of freeloaders who give those of us do-gooder lawyers a bad name. Try representing a battered woman in a divorce case or an indigent client wrongly accused of a crime.


Someone just wants some extra $ after the end of their job. I'm a nurse, and more shifts than not I don't get a lunch.
Bathroom breaks are hard enough to find time for.
Getting paid for overtime is up to my employer.
If I stay late (e.g., to finish shift paperwork, to cover for someone who's late coming in to work, to talk with a patients' family, etc.) I don't always get paid for that time.
Crooked employer? Yes.
And they'll remind anyone who squeaks about unfairness that there are a 100 others waiting for that job.
Welcome to working in America.


I have never been a nanny, but I babysat quite often as a teen. Hard labor it isn't. The child can be in the kitchen while you eat for two hours if you want. Overtime and 30 minute breaks don't really apply.


like most feminists Alanis Morriseete has a penis....


psst: americans are born with "Jealousy".


Oldest stunt some nannies and or maids try. Alanis needs to kick mary poppins ass back to that theater with the dude from "Full House"! Cough, card.


That is the work hours and meal hours in most countries in South America and for a rate of 3 dollars the hour!


it clearly said that she was not allowed out of the room while the child was sleeping so how would she get plenty of breaks?


It's like rain on your wedding day. ;-)


Yeah, she was the night time nanny. Most of the time, the child was sleeping, ergo, she did get lots of break time. The overtime thing does need to be addressed though.

@ Anne

Omg, she didn't have to do much. Overtime and lunch breaks, wow. Sounds like a sweet job, i hope future employers are watching.