What is Halsey's net worth? Singer SUED by former nanny for 'non-payment of overtime wages'
The plaintiff claimed that she worked 'around the clock' for Halsey in late 2021 and was fired after she complained about the lack of overtime pay
Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, better known as Halsey, has been sued by their nanny Plaintiff Ashley Funches. According to documents, the singer has been sued for failure to pay overtime wages, pay wages on a timely basis, reimburse business expenses, waiting for time penalties, and disability discrimination, along with failure to accommodate and engage as reported by The Sun.
Funches claimed that she worked "around the clock" for the singer in late 2021 and was fired after she complained about the lack of overtime pay. The singer is also accused of retaliation, failure to prevent, and violating California labor laws, with the plaintiff seeking an undisclosed amount for "unpaid wages, penalties, interest, attorneys’ fees, and costs and expenses."
Halsey hasn't yet responded to the lawsuit, but their representative called the allegations "baseless" and said, "This individual’s employment was recently terminated in response to specific incidents in which Halsey’s infant was left unsupervised in an unsafe location while under the nanny’s care, and it was discovered the nanny was intoxicated while the child was in her care." "Furthermore, at no time during this individual’s term of employment with Halsey were any complaints even raised," Halsey's representative further said.
"Consequently, while Halsey is both saddened and disappointed by this turn of events, they feel it is important to refute these allegations publicly, as they take ableism and ethical working conditions very seriously," they further added.
According to the document, Funches was a full-time personal attendant of the 'Bad at Love' singer's newborn child and worked for an annual salary. "Plaintiff's duties included caring for the child, preparing meals, cleaning, laundry, cleaning breast pump materials, organizing the nursery, and running errands as needed," the filing reads.
"She was allegedly hired with an unknown disability which limited her to major life activities but she was able to perform the essential functions of her job with or without reasonable accommodations," the filing further states. "Throughout the majority of her employment, Plaintiff worked around the clock on consecutive days with little to no day of rest," the filing claims.
Funches claimed that she regularly worked over nine hours a day and 45 hours a week without overtime compensation. In December 2021, the singer allegedly made a one-time payment of $5,000 to their nanny for her accumulated over time, but Funches felt this was not sufficient for the hours put in. The papers claim the singer "illegally and wrongfully terminated her" in retaliation for complaining about lack of pay and "on the basis of her disability and/or perceived disability."
Funches has hired top LA lawyer Frank Kim, who has also represented former staffers of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in similar lawsuits.
What is Halsey's net worth?
Besides being the top-selling female artist of 2020, Halsey is also a successful businesswoman and brand collaborator. They have become the face of many brands, from the beauty industry to food and beverages. One of their first notable partnerships was with the beauty giant MAC Cosmetics. Halsey introduced her beauty brand called About-Face in January 2021. The brand has gained popularity with its fans by creating a conversation about building self-confidence by using innovative products.
In 2019, they purchased a 2,200-square-foot home in Sherman Oaks for $2.4 million. In January 2021, they bought One Direction singer Liam Payne's Calabasas mansion for $10.16 million spread over 5-acres. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Halsey has an estimated net worth of $20 million as of 2021. They made most of their fortune from singing. In 2019, their single 'Boy With Luv' garnered over 500 million views on YouTube.