Hollywood actress Sharon Stone is being taken to court by a former nanny who looked after her three children.
Erlinda Elemen claims Ms Stone insulted her culture, religion, accent, and Pilipino heritage.
In 2006, Ms Elemen was hired by Ms Stone to look after her three sons. Two years later she was promoted to a live-in position with the family.
The action revolves around overtime payments which Ms Elemen was paid during holidays. This was the reason, according to the claim, that Ms Stone fired her.
In addition, during the four years Ms Elemen worked for the Hollywood star, she claims she was repeatedly mocked for her religious beliefs, accent, and heritage. She alleges she was forbidden to read the Bible in the family home.
Ms Stone’s publicist Paul Bloch described the claims as “absurd” and accused Ms Elemen of looking for an “opportunity to cash in”.
Ms Elemen’s employment for Ms Stone was terminated last year when she found her accountants were making overtime payments for time Ms Elemen worked during the holidays and if she travelled with the family.
Ms Elemen’s compensation claim is for wrongful termination, harassment, and retaliation. The compensation amount is unspecified.
Paul Bloch continued to say she was a “disgruntled former employee” who had made disability and worker’s compensation claims shortly after her dismissal.
He wrote in a statement “Now, she is obviously looking for another opportunity to cash in.
“This is a frivolous lawsuit for absurd claims that are made-up and fabricated. Sharon Stone will be completely vindicated in court.”
Ms Elemen’s lawyer said: “We can’t wait to see Ms Stone in court.”