R&B star Brandy has reached a settlement along with her former housekeeper, who alleged age discrimination and extra when she sued the singer-actor for greater than $250,000 in March. Now the housekeeper’s attorneys need to receives a commission too.
News of the “Moesha” star’s $40,000 settlement with Maria Elizabeth Castaneda, a.okay.a. Elizabeth Juarez, got here through paperwork the previous housekeeper’s attorneys filed Friday with the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Kevin A. Lipeles and Thomas H. Schelly of the Lipeles Law Firm in El Segundo are looking for charges from $39,194.46 to $87,445.80, relying on the strategy the court docket chooses to find out what’s owed. Their submitting means that as a part of the settlement, Brandy (full title Brandy Norwood) has agreed to pay the quantity decided by the court docket.
A listening to relating to the charges is about for Dec. 8.
Castaneda labored for Norwood for almost 20 years, making $125 a day, beginning in September 2002 and persevering with till she allegedly was fired on Feb. 25 of this yr, in accordance with paperwork filed beforehand with the court docket. She cooked, cleaned and did laundry.
In her civil criticism, 60-year-old Castaneda accused her former employer of age discrimination associated to her firing, plus extra violations associated to state-mandated breaks, meal intervals, extra time and extra.
Norwood’s legal professionals argued in court docket papers that the performer, 43, wasn’t chargeable for age discrimination and failure to stop discrimination below state legal guidelines as a result of she didn’t usually make use of 5 folks. They additionally mentioned Castaneda voluntarily stop.
Castaneda initially sought compensatory damages of at the very least $250,000, common damages of at the very least $250,000, consequential damages of at the very least $97,500, extra damages totaling greater than $54,000 and attorneys charges. It’s unclear when the $40,000 settlement was reached.
City News Service contributed to this report.