Ever wondered what it takes to be a PA to an A-list celebrity? Well, just to give you a hint, for Lady Gaga's PA, it takes 24/7 personal attention and service! The star admits that it is not a standard 9-5 job, but the perks of working for her, she believes, far outweight overtime hours worked.
Well, the benefits were clearly not enough for her former best friend and ex-personal assistant, Jennifer O'Neill who is in the process of suing the celeb for a staggering $380,000 in unpaid overtime. O'Neill's silence has erupted like a volcano in the media, by claiming misconduct and maltreatment by the eccentric star.
According to Jennifer:
- She had to spend 24 hours a day with Lady Gaga
- Share a bed with the star when she couldn't sleep
- Cater to her every need at any time of the day or night
- Work overtime without compensation
Lady Gaga however tells a rather different story. She has stated in the press that she rewards her diligent staff with perks rather than money for overtime worked. This includes, partying with celebrities, going on long vacations, staying on the celeb's yatch, etc. The pop star admitted that PAs are rarely paid in showbiz and that she was more than generous to her former best friend.
According to reports, Jennifer was paid $1000 per week, plus perks.
Despite this, the court case has given the public a different persepective of the star and could ultimately affect the star's reputation. The Telegraph cites, the singer testified about her former PA that "She thinks she’s the Queen of the Universe. And, you know what? She didn’t want to be a slave to one, because in my work and what I do, I’m the Queen of the Universe every day”.
This story should draw the attention to all employers in the labour market. A good employer treats employees ethically. There is no room for inflexibility and egos. Last but not least, even when an employer’s relations with their workforce is in crisis, proactive measures should be taken in order not to worsen the situation.