London, May 25 Sharon Stone has been sued by former nanny, who claims that the actress insulted her Filipino heritage and ordered her not to talk to her kids.
Erlinda Elemen was sacked by the star in February 2011, after Sharon reportedly discovered she had wrongly been paid overtime, an Elemen alleges Stone made a number of disparaging comments about Filipinos, including calling them stupid people.
Elemen’s attorney, Solomon Gresen said he hopes the suit will draw attention to the broader issue of overtime pay for domestic employees.
“A common problem for employees in household occupations concerns the receipt of overtime and other wages. When a celebrity does it, it only serves to draw attention to the fact that there are thousands of people who are being underpaid. Hopefully, the publicity generated from this lawsuit will be of benefit to others and will prompt some change in the lives of ordinary citizens,” he told The Wrap.
“It’s unfortunate when a California employee has to endure harassment, particularly a live-in employee who has little power to avoid the behaviour.”
However, 54-year-old Stone’s publicist, Paul Bloch, called the nanny a disgruntled former employee who first sought disability and worker’s compensation payments after she was sacked 15 months ago.
He said in a statement: “Now, she is obviously looking for another opportunity to cash in. This is a frivolous lawsuit for absurd claims that are made-up and fabricated. Sharon Stone will be completely vindicated in court.”