Millionaire executive Irving Azoff sued by housekeeper over unpaid wages
Irving Azoff – a powerhouse music executive who managed some of the biggest bands in the industry including Christina Aguilera, The Eagles and Bon Jovi – is being sued by his former housekeeper for unpaid wages, discrimination and other claims.
According to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on September 6 and obtained exclusively by Page Six on Thursday, Gloria Martinez alleges that Azoff and his wife, Shelli Azoff, failed to pay her for overtime, periods missed meals and breaks. during his more than 10 years working for the wealthy couple.
The Los Angeles-based housekeeper claims she was supposed to be paid $1,500 a week as her alleged salary, but instead that rate ‘varied in amount’ from week to week, according to the documents.
Martinez, who claims to have worked for the Azoffs from 2008 to 2017 and then again from August 2021 to March 2022, also alleges in the lawsuit that she was discriminated against because of her physical disabilities and that she was “wrongfully fired” because of the accommodations she needed as a result of her medical issues.
The woman shared the suit that around mid-2021 she began to suffer from ongoing uterine complications and ovarian issues, including cysts and fibroids which caused her chronic pelvic pain.
She claims to have informed Shelli that she would have to have a hysterectomy in a year and that she would sometimes have to take time off work for doctor’s appointments.
According to the lawsuit, Martinez claims Shelli began complaining about her need for time off after three doctor visits, and Kris Jenner’s close pal began saying a hysterectomy was “neither a necessary treatment” nor the “correct treatment” for his housekeeper’s pelvic pain. .
On February 24, 2022, Martinez took time off work to undergo a biopsy and claims to have provided Shelli with a medical note. Her doctors then asked her for a follow-up appointment on March 10, but the Azoffs reportedly fired her on March 9.
“The termination of Martinez’s employment by the defendants was done maliciously and
oppression,” lawyers for the governess claim in the lawsuit.
“The conduct of the defendants was intended to retaliate against Martinez for exercising it
right to request reasonable accommodation due to disability. This constitutes unlawful discrimination and a retaliatory release in violation of California law.
Irving, who has held executive positions at companies like Ticketmaster, Live Nation Entertainment and IMG, has an estimated net worth of $400 million. His impressive client list also includes artists such as Van Halen, Chelsea Handler and Fleetwood Mac.
A 2020 Los Angeles Times profile noted that Irving, 74, and Shelli own homes “everywhere,” from Beverly Hills to Cabo San Lucas.
Representatives for the high-powered businessman did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment and a formal response to the complaint has yet to be filed.
Martinez informed the court that she wanted this matter to go to trial.