Jennifer Lopez’s Chauffeur Suing
Jennifer Lopez’s former driver has filed a lawsuit against the Actress/Singer/American Idol judge, claiming that he was denied lunch breaks, and the full portion of his salary while working for Lopez.
Suit was filed with Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday, April 30th.
According to E!Online, Hakom Manoukian, Jennifer Lopez’s chauffeur, has filed a lawsuit for breach of contract with Lopez and her manager Benny Medina.
Manoukian has been driving for Lopez and Marc Anthony on a part time basis since 2005, but he was persuaded by Lopez to give up his private limo company and become her full-time chauffeur in 2011.
Monoukian’s suit claims that he was promised a yearly salary of $72,000 plus “production pay” whenever Lopez was filming, performing or busy with professional engagements. Based on her schedule, it was estimated that his actual salary would amount to $200,000.
Maoukian claims, he received no production pay or overtime pay and was treated unfairly by Lopez’s manager Benny Medina. Medina allegedly “chastised and humiliated” Manoukian by telling the driver it was a big mistake to hire him and that he was “not ‘presentable’” and didn’t speak English well enough to handle such a big job.
Manoukian says he was demoted to Lopez’s L.A.-only driver after he complained about Medina, and was let go at the end of September.
Along with breach of contract, Manoukian alleges deceit, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, constructive fraud, failure to pay overtime, failure to provide meal periods, unfair business practices and wrongful termination. He is seeking unspecified damages and overtime compensation.