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.


Let me ask you one question. If your nanny/maid were out one day with a good reason and you were to stay home with your child/children, would you do all the tasks she was required to do that day? Would you hand wash all your laundry and so on? Would you go without eating and such? If the answer is yes, congratulation, you're one tough-a** broad. If you wouldn't, you're just a rich, self-server hypocrite who's using other people's financial distress to exploit them. I did notice you said you were generous enough to give your maid breaks and food to take home, but as a matter of fact, the breaks are her human right, as for food, well, feeding someone who's working in your house if very generous, indeed. And by the way, no adult who's working full time to make a living, wants to wear their rich employer couture rags. They'd much rather you pay them their worth so they can go buy their own clothes with the money they earned so hard. You need to make a distinction between what people actually deserve for their work and what happens to be the going rate at some time or another. In NYC, there are people who expect to pay less than $10/h for quality child care. And believe it or not, they find people desperate enough to accept that rate, at least for a while. That doesn't say anything about the employee, but says awfully lot about the employer. Let me tell you something an former employer taught me early on. She was a professor of law at an Ivy-League college and a very hands-on mother of four, three boys, one severely Autustic and one little adopted Koreean girl, who had speech impairments for which she was undergoing early intervention speech therapy twice a week. She said as a rule of thumb, do not work for anyone who doesn't or wouldn't do what they require you to do for your job. Of course, exceptions apply, however, I discovered that people who asked me to do the "dirty" work, they didn't want to do themselves, were usually a**holes and I moved on very quickly, which I always advice anyone to do as soon as they can afford it.


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. ;-)

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