“Don’t Be a Betty!”
The Dangers of Hiring Domestic Help
Sylvia Thompson, BA, CMC
Betty White’s former live-in domestic employee is suing the actress for labor code violations and unfair business practices after 22 years of employment. Anita Maynard claims she worked more than 14 hours a day, six days a week without overtime. She also alleges that White did not give her uninterrupted meal breaks, accurate wage statements or her complete wages and vacation pay after she stopped working for the actress.
The lawsuit mostly relates to labor code requirements regarding minimum wage, overtime hours, and required breaks. Maynard wants all wages earned and owed, statutory penalties, prejudgment and post-judgment interest, restitution and an injunction to prohibit White and unnamed co-defendants from future violations.
If Betty White (THE Betty White) can be sued for wage-hour laws, then no one is immune! Please join us for a lively discussion on liability issues in an ever-changing industry, including:
- What are your liabilities when hiring through an agency? When hiring independently?
- How do you determine wage order status and keep updated on the ever-changing laws?
- Are you safe once you’ve addressed all the tax liabilities and other employer obligations?
- What documentation do you need to prove someone worked the hours they claim?
- How do you prevent a disgruntled employee from claiming “unfair business practices”?
- What steps can you take to monitor for undue influence, theft, and the crossing of professional boundaries?
For SBEPC Members OnlyAbout SylviaSylvia Thompson is a Life Care Manager with LivHOME where she works with clients and families to find the right solution for all their aging needs including: family challenges, homecare, placement, advocacy, entitlement programs, and community resources.RSVP online at www.sbepc.org or email: email@example.com