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Uma Thurman Fined Over Worker Treatment

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Legal Issues, Rumors,

Uma ThurmanUma Thurman has been fined $72,000 for failing to adequately provide for her employees.

The Kill Bill actress was issued with the penalty by the Workmen's Compensation Board of the State of New York in March 2013 after being found to have failed to carry workers compensation insurance between December 15, 2011 and December 14, 2012. Documents obtained by RadarOnline.com show a judge has ruled she must pay the fine, as well as acquire workmen's compensation insurance that was in line with New York State laws.

The 43-year-old actress - who has children Maya, 14, and Levon, 10, with ex-husband Ethan Hawke, and Luna, 18 months, with partner Arpad Busson - recently splashed out $10 million on a new apartment in an exclusive New York complex that was previously owned by best-selling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford and her filmmaker husband Robert. Uma had to pass rigorous home co-operative board approvals before being given the go-ahead to continue with the sale.

The Nymphomaniac actress sold her seven-bedroom New York townhouse for $12 million last year.

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Lady Gaga Settles Out of Court with Former Assistant

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Music, Legal Issues, Rumors,

Jennifer O'Neill and Lady GagaLady Gaga has settled the lawsuit placed against her by her former assistant and ex-best friend.

The pop singer's former employee Jennifer O'Neill hit at Gaga with a lawsuit claiming the pop singer owed her $380,000 in overtime pay. In the lawsuit, O'Neill claims to have been at Gaga's side 24/7, even to the point of having to sleep in the same bed with her in case she needed something in the middle of the night.

In her 200-page witness statement, Gaga called O'Neill a "hoodrat who is suing me for money that she didn't earn." Gaga continued, "The job was essentially a favor, and Jennifer was majorly unqualified for it." In her deposition testimony, Gaga stated, "You don't get a schedule. You don't get a schedule that is like you punch in and you can play ... at your desk for four hours and then you punch out at the end of the day. This is when I need you, you're available."

The court date was set for November 4, but it has now been ceased as the pair came to an undisclosed agreement.

Read More | People

Drugs Found on Rihanna’s Tour Bus

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Drugs,

RihannaRihanna's tour buses were allegedly stopped and searched for drugs.

The "Stay" singer - who recently kicked off her Diamonds world tour - was not on any of the buses when they were reportedly stopped at the border between Michigan and Canada but a "small amount" of marijuana was discovered on an unidentified passenger.

A law enforcement source told gossip website TMZ.com that a total number of ten buses were stopped at the Ambassador Bridge, which separates Windsor, Canada and Detroit, and inspectors initiated a secondary bus-to-bus search after an officer smelt the drug on one of the buses. A sniffer dog was brought on board and detected drugs on one passenger, who was then searched and a small amount of marijuana was discovered. He was reportedly cited with a civil penalty.

The 24-year-old star resumed her tour last Thursday after being forced to cancel two shows in Boston and Baltimore after falling ill with laryngitis immediately after the first show of the tour in New York state and tweeted she was "embarrassed" about it.

Maroon 5 Boosts Worker Productivity, Glee Prompts Anger

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Maroon 5 makes workers "more productive." A new study carried out by online music concierge service Songza discovered that half of respondents believe the group's hit single "Moves Like Jagger" makes them do better at work, while 42 per cent of those surveyed rely on Gotye's "Somebody I Used to Know" to give them an early morning boost.

By contrast, just over a quarter of people claim the Glee cast's cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin" provokes "deep feelings of resentment and anger."

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Sharon Stone Sued by Former Nanny

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Legal Issues,

Sharon StoneSharon Stone's former nanny is suing the actress amid claims the Oscar winner insulted her Filipino heritage.

Erlinda Elemen was fired by the star in February 2011, after Sharon reportedly discovered she had wrongly been paid overtime, and Ms. Elemen alleges Sharon made a number of disparaging comments about Filipinos, including calling them stupid people.

According to the lawsuit, Basic Instinct star Sharon "criticized Plaintiff for frequently attending church and, on one occasion, forbade Plaintiff from reading the Bible in Plaintiff's room in Defendant's residence," and ordered her not to speak to her three kids Roan, Laird and Quinn because she did not want them "to talk" like her."

Ms. Elemen's attorney, Solomon Gresen said he hopes the suit will draw attention to the broader issue of overtime pay for domestic employees.

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Bedbugs Shut Down Hollister SoHo Store

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: News, Rumors,

Hollister's SoHo storeWaves of Hollister fragrances aren’t the only thing you should be worried about when perusing the surf-happy store—you’ve got to steer clear of the bedbugs nowadays!

The retail chain, owned by Abercrombie & Fitch, recently shut its SoHo store down due to the infestation, which one spokesman said was only “affecting certain isolated areas of the store.”

Well, that’s not what an employee is saying: “The first report of bedbug bites in the store was three weeks ago by and employee and a manager, but that was ignored. On Tuesday the 29th, an employee found that she had been bitten, and also found a live bedbug and an exoskeleton on her borrowed Hollister outfit. All of the employees were forced to continue working even though more and more bugs were being discovered.”

Gotta love those corporate decisions.

The store’s closing is only temporary; the company says that it’s working hard to get rid of the bug problem.

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Dov Charney Denies No Uglies Policy, Will Answer Your Questions

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Health & Beauty, News, Rumors,

CEO Dov CharneyIn light of a former (anonymous) American Apparel employee’s allegations that the hiring policy is heavily weighed by the attractiveness of the applicant, the international company has issued a statement denying such claims.

“American Apparel does not hire or retain applicants based on ‘beauty.’ Our main priority is finding people with a strong sense of style who can inspire customers as they make selections from our extensive line… It has never been the policy of American Apparel, as some blogs claim, to fire employees who are not “good looking” or any of the other accusations implied by the anonymous or unverified third party sources. The company legitimately reviews current photographs of job applicants and employees to consider their sense of style and the way in which they present themselves… This is a standard practice among fashion-forward retailers.

While they may call it “style,” I’m inclined to believe that it’s just another word for “beauty.” I mean, have you seen the hipsterbots at the store?

Moreover, the press statement addresses the topic of hiring process, but has made no mention of its irksomely precise grooming etiquette... If you’d like to talk to CEO Dov Charney about any of this, he’s made his phone number available to the public:

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Google Uses Algorithms to Determine Employees Likely to Quit

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Google,

Google logoBecause of the recent losses of Google employees such as engineers, designers and sales executives, the company is using an algorithm to help it determine which of their 20,000 workers would be most likely to quit. Based on information from employee and peer reviews, surveys, and promotion and pay raises, details are sketchy as to details of the formula. While it seems like an interesting idea, we are not sure that math can account for those workers who simply have a bad hair day, go ballistic and split.

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Logitech To Cut Jobs

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Misc. Tech,

Logitech logoYet another company is suffering from the bad economy. Logitech announced that sales were down in Q3 2009. Sales amounted to $627 million, a decrease of 16% compared to $744 million in the same quarter last year. In addition to them reducing their operating expenses, they will be cutting back about 600 employees. The beleaguered company will be restructuring over the next year and has hopes that it will see results beginning in 2010.

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