Poppy Montgomery & Shawn Sanford sued by ex-housekeeper

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Poppy Montgomery and husband Shawn Sanford.

Actress Poppy Montgomery and her husband Shawn Sanford are accused by their former housekeeper of illegally withholding more than $48,000 in wages while she was working in their home California Hometown. Miriam Trejo filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles County Court on September 26, 2022, it said court documents obtained from Heavy.

Montgomery played the lead role of Marilyn Monroe in the 2001 television miniseries adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ Blonde. A new film version starring Ana de Armas as Monroe was recently released by Netflix. Montgomery, who also starred in crime dramas Without a Trace and Unforgettable, married Sanford, a Microsoft executive, in 2014. They have three children.

Montgomery and Sanford have not commented on the lawsuit. A hearing date has not yet been set. Trejo’s attorneys wrote in her complaint that she worked for the couple at their Pacific Palisades home from 2014 until May 11, 2022, when she was fired for unspecified reasons. Among other things, she was responsible for tasks such as “cleaning, cooking and looking after the children of the accused”.


Trejo’s attorneys say she should have received overtime pay, meal breaks and rest breaks while working for Montgomery & Sanford

Trejo’s lawsuit alleges that Montgomery and Sanford violated several California labor laws, including allegations that they failed to provide meal and rest times, failed to pay all wages upon termination, failed to pay all wages earned, failed to pay overtime wages and have not provided specifics, according to court documents, itemized payroll and violations of California’s unfair competition law.

According to the complaint, Trejo worked for the couple five days a week, an average of eight hours a day, starting her shift at 12 p.m. and finishing at 8 p.m., with her shifts sometimes lasting 13 hours. She was making $25 an hour, the lawsuit says. Trejo’s attorneys wrote that she was “never allowed uninterrupted 30-minute meal breaks during her tenure. Also, she could not take her rest breaks as she was constantly needed to perform her duties. Therefore, the defendants prevented the plaintiff from taking compliant meal and rest times.”

The lawsuit adds that California labor laws require employers to provide employees with an uninterrupted 30-minute meal time for every five hours worked. They must also allow 10 minutes or more of rest for every four hours of work. Trejo alleges that, according to the lawsuit, she is owed one hour’s wages at her hourly rate for each day she was denied a meal and rest time. According to the lawsuit, Trejo is owed $48,250 plus interest.


Trejo’s lawyers say she is also owed thousands in other penalties

According to the lawsuit, Montgomery and Sanford were required to pay earned wages and other compensation within 72 hours of the termination. They say she is owed a $6,000 fine for not being paid all of her wages when she was fired.

Trejo’s attorneys also say she is owed at least $36,481.25 in unpaid wages, according to the complaint. Lawyers also say she is owed an additional $6,956.25 for overtime work and double overtime pay, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit also seeks to award Trejo actual damages of $4,000 in unpaid wages or a maximum penalty of $4,000. The lawsuit also asks the couple to pay attorneys’ fees and costs and any other additional relief. She is seeking a jury trial.

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