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Legal Battle Between Mariah Carey and Her Former Assistant Continues to Intensify

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Arlington Heights business law attorneySinger Mariah Carey has recently made headlines after lawsuits were filed by both the pop diva and her former assistant. A representative for Carey says the 48-year-old singer is suing her former personal assistant for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, invasion of privacy, and extortion. Carey claims that the assistant secretly filmed Carey without her knowledge and then threatened to sell the footage if Carey ever fired her. Carey alleges that when confronted about the gross invasion of privacy, her assistant attempted to blackmail her for $8 million and threatened to release further personal information about Carey. Carey is seeking $3 million in damages.

Carey’s Assistant Says She Was Forced to Work in an Abusive and Offensive Environment

In response to Carey’s breach of contract and extortion lawsuit, Carey’s former assistant filed her own lawsuit. The list of claims made by the ex-employee against the singer are extensive and include: breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, failure to prevent discrimination and harassment, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, failure to pay earned wages upon termination, rescission of contract, breach of oral contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, wrongful termination, and retaliation. The former personal assistant claims that during her tenure as Carey’s personal assistant, she was forced to endure near constant derogatory and offensive behavior and remarks as well as physical abuse by Carey’s manager at the time. The former assistant claims that much of the hostile behavior toward her was centered around her Armenian heritage and appearance. The assistant further claims that Carey knew about her manager’s abusive and belittling behavior toward her and chose not to stop it.

Former Employee Is Seeking Financial Compensation for Lost Wages and Emotional Distress

Mariah Carey’s former assistant says the ordeal has brought her a great deal of embarrassment and emotional distress. She is seeking compensatory damages for lost wages, future earnings, and unpaid overtime. She is also seeking compensation for physical injury and severe emotional distress. In addition to these damages, the former assistant is asking for punitive damages as well as compensation for legal fees. Carey vehemently denied the claims.

Contact an Arlington Heights, IL Business Lawyer for Help

For more information about how to protect your business from allegations such as these, contact the experienced and highly qualified Cook County business law attorneys at A. Traub and Associates. Call us at 847-749-4182 to schedule a confidential consultation with our team of dedicated professionals today.

 

Sources:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2019/01/16/mariah-carey-sues-ex-assistant-allegedly-blackmailing-her/2597758002/

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/mariah-careys-ex-assistant-files-lawsuit-claiming-sexual-harassment-battery-after-blackmailing-allegation

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