Singer Brandy is being sued by a former housekeeper who claims she was wrongfully fired after 20 years of working for the singer, because of her age.
According to legal documents, obtained by The Blast, Elizabeth Juarez is suing Brandy Norwood for wrongful termination and age discrimination claiming she is over 60-years-old and was fired by the singer because she didn’t want “an older employee.”
In the filing, Juarez claims she worked for Brandy at her home in Calabasas, CA starting in September of 2002, at the rate of $125 a day. During the next 20 years, her responsibilities primary consisted of “cooking, cleaning, and doing the laundry.”
Brandy Sued For Age Discrimination, Wrongful Termination By Former Housekeeper
Shocking, the housekeeper alleges Brandy, “not wanting an older employee, On February 25, 2022, wrongfully terminated (her.)” Adding, “this wrongful termination was due to age discrimination against (Juarez.)
Plus, the former housekeeper says the singer failed to pay her for the final two days of wages owed after the firing.
Now, the ex-employee has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Courts making a host of allegations against the singer including not being able to take proper breaks, meal periods, and accurately pay overtime over the past few years.
Housekeeper Alleges She Wasn’t Given Proper Breaks, Meal Periods
Specifically, the former housekeeper says she was “not permitted” to take an uninterrupted 10-minute rest break in the morning and an uninterrupted 30-minute meal break for every 5 hours worked. Also, she claims Brandy failed to provide “itemized wage statements that properly and accurately itemized the number of hours she worked at the effective regular pay rates and the effective overtime pay rates.”
“Employers’ actions towards (Juarez) constitute disparate treatment based on unlawful age-related reasons. Such discrimination was a substantial motivating factor, but not the sole factor in causing her damages,” the filing states.
It continues, “As a direct and proximate result of (Brandy’s) conduct, individually and collectively, she suffered and continues to suffer substantial losses in income, earnings, and benefits and has been damaged in her capacity to earn her salary and has lost and will continue to lose employment benefits.” Adding, it caused “severe and serious injury to her person.”
Former Houskeeper Suing Brandy for Over $250,000 In Damages
In the end, Juarez claims the wrongful termination caused her to “suffer, and continues to suffer, from humiliation, anxiety, severe emotional distress, worry, fear” and she is seeking damages of over $250,000 and has filed a claim under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.
Adding, “Employers did the things above alleged, intentionally, oppressively, and maliciously with evil and malevolent motive to injure (Juarez). These acts, which resulted in her wrongful termination against public policy, were obnoxious, despicable, and ought not to be suffered by any member of the community.
So far, Brandy has not specifically esponded to the allegations in the lawsuit. But, a representative for the singer responded to the lawsuit, saying, “We disagree and will have further comments after we speak with our lawyers.”