Brandy reaches $40,000 settlement with former housekeeper

R&B star Brandy has reached a settlement together 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.

Information of the “Moesha” star’s $40,000 settlement with Maria Elizabeth Castaneda, a.ok.a. Elizabeth Juarez, got here through paperwork the previous housekeeper’s attorneys filed Friday with the Los Angeles County Superior Courtroom.

Kevin A. Lipeles and Thomas H. Schelly of the Lipeles Regulation Agency in El Segundo are in search of 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 ready 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 12 months, based on paperwork filed beforehand with the court docket. She cooked, cleaned and did laundry.

In her civil grievance, 60-year-old Castaneda accused her former employer of age discrimination associated to her firing, plus further violations associated to state-mandated breaks, meal intervals, time beyond regulation and extra.

Norwood’s attorneys argued in court docket papers that the performer, 43, wasn’t accountable for age discrimination and failure to stop discrimination below state legal guidelines as a result of she didn’t often make use of 5 folks. In addition they mentioned Castaneda voluntarily give up.

Castaneda initially sought compensatory damages of a minimum of $250,000, basic damages of a minimum of $250,000, consequential damages of a minimum of $97,500, further damages totaling greater than $54,000 and attorneys charges. It’s unclear when the $40,000 settlement was reached.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this report.