An L.A. judge greenlit yesterday Friday a lawsuit against actress Sharon Stone for unfair dismissal, harassment and racial discrimination brought on by a former employee of the actress. The employee had been fired by Stone in 2011.
The Superior Court of Los Angeles judge found that there was sufficient evidence amid the facts alleged by the lawyers of Erlinda Elemen, thereby allowing for the trial to go on.
“We’re pleased that the judge recognized that the plaintiff’s claims should proceed,” lawyer for the nanny Solomon Gresen said. “We look forward to our July (30) trial date.”
Sharon Stone’s lawyers tried to derail attempts to go to trial by arguing that the complaint did not amount to a crime. “All we have is that Ms. Stone made comments about Filipino food, Filipino accents,” they commented on behalf of the actress.
A complaint 17 pages long
In her complaint filed in May 2012, Erlinda Elemen says her boss made remarks suggesting she should return to the Philippines for being an idiot or forbade her to speak in front of the children so that they don’t start sounding like her. The star also prohibited the nurse, who lived with her to care of her three children, to read the Bible in the house, according to the text of her complaint.
From August 2010 onward Erlinda Elemen “was frequently subjected to derogatory comments and slander because of his filipino origins,” as was stated in the seventeen pages-long complaint.
Potentially high damage payout
In 2008, Elemen says she was promoted to head nanny and began to take care of all three of Stone’s kids, and started to travel with the children for extended periods. With the promotion, Elemen moved into Stone’s Los Angeles home, where she remained until she was given the boot in February 2011, according to her court papers.
Stone accused Elemen of “stealing” from her by taking the overtime pay, and told the employee that it was “illegal” for her to have taken the pay, according to the complaint, which alleges that the 55-year-old “Basic Instinct” star asked for the money back.
Gresen said Elemen’s paychecks were issued by a payroll hired by Stone.
The complaint claims damages of an unspecified amount and a trial by jury. In 2011 Sharon Stone was ordered to pay $ 232,000 to a worker who was injured in a fall while doing work in her garden. Stone also was sued for wrongful termination Tuesday by a former housekeeper. Angelica Castillo alleges she was forced to work after injuring her back and that the actress called her “crazy” and “stupid.”
Stone parlayed her long-waning A-list status into a one-man fundraising machine, raising awareness for various social issues from Africa to AIDS (she’s an amFAR ambassador) with varying degrees of success.