Canadian singer Alanis Morissette is known for a lot of things. The “Ironic” singer is known for winning seven Grammy Awards, for her performance on Showtime’s hit series “Weeds” and for being an outspoken environmentalist. And, now, Alanis Morissette is about to be known as the mom who wouldn’t give her nanny a break.
Morissette and her husband Mario Treadway have been sued by their former nanny, Bianca Cambeiro. According to TMZ, Cambeiro’s situation with Morissette and her husband was something like a “hostage” situations at times, with Cambeiro being denied meal breaks and being forced to stay in the baby’s nursery.
The nanny was paid $25 per hour to watch after Morissette’s son, Ever, who was born in 2010. Cambeiro worked for Morissette and Treadway from March 2011 to August 2013. Cambeiro doesn’t say whether she was fired or quit in the lawsuit, but apparently there was no love lost between the nanny and her former employers.
Cambeiro is suing Morissette and Treadway for $130,000 for unpaid wages and emotional distress. $30,000 of the lawsuit is for overtime that Cambeiro said she wasn’t paid. According to the complaint, Cambeiro was “never, once, paid overtime, regardless of the schedule or hours she worked and was denied meal and rest breaks daily.”
The lawsuit also says that Cambeiro traveled with Morissette while on tour and had to work seven straight days on seven occasions. When Cambeiro said she and other nannies wanted to know why they weren’t paid overtime, Morissette’s accountant said, “We don’t do that.”
While Cambeiro’s allegations of no overtime wages sounds bad enough, she also says that she was confined to the baby’s nursery. She said that she was told by Morissette and Treadway that “she was prohibited from leaving the bedroom of the child she was supervising while the child was sleeping,” unless one of the defendants were in the room.
The plaintiff wants a trial by jury, and in addition to the $30,000 in lost wages, she also wants $100,00 for the mental distress she claims she suffered while caring for Morissette’s son. It’s hard to see Alanis Morissette as being so overbearing on her nanny, especially since she talked about how important it is to be relaxed in an interview earlier this month, but that’s exactly what the court documents say.