Mariah Carey: Lawsuit accuses singer of firing nanny for complaints about wages, work conditions

The ex-nanny also claims in the suit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court that she was required to travel with the family when the singer was on tour without compensation for travel time.

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Mariah Carey’s former nanny filed a lawsuit against the singer on Monday claiming she was fired last year after complaining about her $25 hourly pay and for working under stressful and threatening conditions.

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Maria Burgues, the ex-nanny, also claims in the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that she was required to travel with the family when Carey was on tour without compensation for travel time. Further, the suit alleges that Marcio Moto, a bodyguard for the singer’s children, would frequently yell at her in a threatening tone, according to Variety.

The lawsuit also seeks compensation for emotional distress. The lawsuit describes a driving trip to Las Vegas in December 2017, when Moto allegedly began screaming at her and threatening to pull over and kick her out of the car. The suit says when she complained to Carey about the incident, nothing was done.

In another incident, the suit claims Moto used his phone to video chat his girlfriend while driving and nearly caused an accident. Once they got to the Sherman Oaks, California dance studio, with Burgues’ and Carey’s children in tow, one of Carey’s children allegedly left the class and no one noticed. Moto reportedly was still on the phone but she said he blamed her for the incident and screamed at her in front of children, dance instructors, parents, and other nannies, Variety writes.

After that incident, Burgues said she was fired, Variety reports. She also claims she has not been paid for outstanding wages due at the time of her firing, and that Carey never gave her regular wage statements. Variety reached out to Carey’s lawyer for comment but he reportedly told the magazine that he had not yet seen the suit and could not comment.

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Burgues lawsuit comes as Carey fights another suit filed by her former assistant, Lianna Shakhnazaryan, who claims the singer’s ex-manager, Stella Bulochnikov, was abusive toward her. Carey previously accused Shakhnazaryan of secretly recording her and attempting to extort her for $8 million.

In another lawsuit was filed last month against Carey, Maria Salazar, the singer’s former housekeeper, alleges Carey still owes her money.