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Filipino nanny raring to face Sharon Stone in court, says lawyer

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LOS ANGELES, California – Filipino nanny Erlinda Elemen is “very eager” to face her former employer, Hollywood actress Sharon Stone, in court and disprove that she had lied in the claims she made in her lawsuit against the movie star.

“[Elemen] is very eager to put this in front of a jury,” Eric Rose, Elemen’s spokesperson, told this reporter Friday [Saturday in Manila] in response to Stone’s statement calling Elemen “a disgruntled ex-employee who is obviously looking to get money any way she can.”

Elemen filed a lawsuit Wednesday, accusing Stone of violating labor laws and making derogatory comments about her Filipino heritage.

In her nine-page civil complaint, Elemen said the actress  called Filipinos “stupid” and told her not to speak in front of the children so they would not “talk like her.”

Stone called it “a frivolous lawsuit for absurd claims that are made up and fabricated.”

Sought for comment on Stone’s statement, Elemen’s lawyer, Solomon Gresen, said “the complaint stands and we’ll pursue it vigorously.”

“I’ve done my homework,” Gresen told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.  “We are prepared to pursue this all the way through trial. We believe the evidence will support Ms Elemen’s claims.”

Elemen also said that she was not only ridiculed because of her background, but for her strong religious beliefs as well. She was allegedly told by the actress that she couldn’t read the Bible in the house.

Elemen, who worked as a live-in nanny to Stone’s children for more than four years, is asking for unpaid wages, damages and penalties.

In the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Elemen said she was fired in February 2011 because she refused to give back overtime pay that Stone told her she did not deserve.

Stone reportedly told her that it was only in January 2011 that she learned from her accountant that she was paying Elemen overtime when she worked holidays or traveled to care for her three children, the lawsuit said.

“Defendant Stone, however, accused plaintiff of ‘stealing’ from her by taking the above-described overtime pay, told plaintiff that it was ‘illegal’ for plaintiff to have taken the pay and asked for it back,” the suit said.

Elemen refused to give the overtime pay back, countering that it was mandated by state and federal labor laws, the suit said.


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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FGS2KALK4Z2IF3XMSRE3G4D5EA butch

    if you dont want our english, go hire your neighbor…..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FGS2KALK4Z2IF3XMSRE3G4D5EA butch

    please , let’s not turn this site into a hate forum….

    • reddfrog

       Where’s the fun in that?

  • bernadeth Cooper

    She was not a MAID she was a Nanny. Totally different so stop with the maid thing.

  • Practical

    The claim sounds fishy.

    Americans don’t care about other people’s accents because in the US alone, New Yorkers have different accents from people who came from the South or from the Midwest or from California.

    Plus add to the fact that too many people from other countries are in the US with different accents too.

    • Timujin King

      How about Toggalogs?  We Foreigners here ALWAYS see Toggallogs criticizing B-soyans’ accent while Toggalog accent is like these, United Estates, awarr kawontrii, samprancisco chroni-kel, motor vehi-kel, sing-gel engine, hospitabel, Toom Jones, I em ano proom Mathnila, nobo-thee, somebo-thee, Mommy and Dah-thee, number pour, etc.  The latest offender we expatriates here in the Philippines noticed is one of the contributors to this newspaper, Daily Inquirer, a Benjamin Pimentel, who someone said is a Masters degree holder from a U.S. Ivy league university???  REALLY???  SERIOUSLY???  This is not mere PAYOBBANG YOBBANG PAFORMA FORMA?  We believe a masters degree holder from a U.S. ivy league university is a professional material to be a CEO or President of a Fortune 500 multinational conglomerate like IBM, Shell, Nestle, Exxon-Mobil etc.  Can anyone imagine the CEO or President of any of these aforementioned Fortune 500 multinational companies go down so low criticizing some other peoples’ accents obviously at the same time demonstrating a miserably low IQ being unaware of his own ethnic group’s funny accent?  And why do Toggalogs ALWAYS pick on B-soyans WITHOUT PROVOCATION?  Envy?  Or what you call in your dialect SUYA or INGG-GET?  Because this is one of the major causes of the DIVISIVENESS or FRAGMENTATION of your race – the UNPROVOKED ATTACKS of TOGGALOGS against B-SOYANS.  Kindly enlighten me or us foreigners here in your country.  Please!!!

      • diegogo

         calm down bay. Not all tagalogs make fun of bisayas like you…LOL

      • Iggy Ramirez

        Well, for one thing, filipinos like you would like to pretend that they are some foreigners when, obviously, they are not.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FBHZD6FWH2MTVKC3U4NWZRJ3XY M D

       Americans make fun of other americans accents all the time, What planet do you live on?

      • Practical

        When Americans make fun of other American accents, they do it to as you said it, for fun.  Then they apologize and say that they are just joking.

        When Filipinos make fun of other Filipino accents, they do it as an insult.

      • reddfrog

        Because Filipinos have inferiority complex, that is why the need to insult other people, to feel better about themselves. This is not meant as a criticism to Filipinos, but just an observation.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4FHQ52536YBS5DXUU3KZ2JO24A pio

    ms elemen,get a life! sharon is not as stupid as you are.she knows that it is discrimination is against the law.nakakahiya ka,the u.s. govt should strip your immigration status and deport you,ASAP! you give filipinos a bad name.if i was your relative ,i will disown you,you need to work harder.you just want an easy money.shame,shame  on you! sharon should counter sue you for libel.magtrabaho ka ng matino.good grief!

    • diegogo

       what do you know about the case? nothing. Do you know both the plaintiff and accused personally? I think not. Have you personally witnessed what transpired between the two parties? Nope.
      How then can you be so callous enough to pass judgement on someone you dont even know? You, sir/madam, are a disgrace to society.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S2BRZ7WPV53I5SYQK3IZXCY7SY Josephus

      shame on you too! who are you to judge her?

  • joeybg

    depende yan sa pinirmahan mong kontrata kabayan, sino ba yan abogado mo?  baka pinoy lang ang abogado mo na tanggap lang ng tanggap sa kaso ng hindi nag-imbistiga, sayang lang ang kaso mo kapag ikaw ang natalo sa US babayaran mo lahat ng ginastos ng plantiff at defense, kapag hindi mo nabayaran ikaw pa ang makukulong, siguraduhin mong may kaso kang ilalaban. kapag ang abugado mo ay hiningan ka ng pera na hindi pa tapos ang kaso , siguradong kinukuwartahan ka lang ng abugado mo.

  • samarutan

    i hope the nanny has cause of action. kung wala, manahimik ka  na lang. madadamay mo pa ang iyong mga kabayan. maawa ka naman.

  • Mananandata69

    Go ahead if u are telling the truth pursue the case to get justice. Show to these Americans that Filipinas are respectable people too.

    • reddfrog

       …in the meantime, let’s beg for aid from the same people that we’re trying to show that we are respectable to.

  • jtpa

    Stone reportedly told her that it was only in January 2011 that she learned from her accountant that she was paying Elemen overtime when she worked holidays or traveled to care for her three children, the lawsuit said.

    So Sharon stone is saying that the person who prepares the payroll is wrong.  I am pretty sure these professionals are not stupid enough to pay someone overtime pay if it is not due.  Is Sarah Stone saying that the Filipina Maid outsmarted her accountant and payroll specialists? 

    • reddfrog

       Who is Sarah Stone?

    • raffyb0i

      are you from an alternate universe?

  • AFPako

    Heavy accent and pinoy magsasalita ng englis. If taga luzon, hindi nga makapronounce ng hustong diction, Pader as in Father.Pak as in Fxck . Hehehehehe. Ang magandang diction  magsasalit ay ang mga Canadians, hindi yamu yamu. At ang mga Cebuano natin, klarong klaro.



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