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Los Angeles County Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Against Hollywood Star

August 19, 2009

In Los Angeles, California, Patricia Heaton, the actress well known for playing Ray Romano's wife on the long running CBS television show "Everyone Loves Raymond" and her husband, are being sued by former personal assistant Jennifer Lee, claiming that she is the subject of a wrongful termination.

Lee alleges in a suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday that she was fired from her job by the celebrity actress shortly after requesting payment for unpaid and overtime wages, discussing her medical issues, and for being a parent.

The court document begins by clarifying that famous people are not higher than the law-even when hiring people to serve their every need, they must not violate California's wage and hour laws.

Lee reportedly worked for Heaton and her husband David Hunt from August 2007 until March 2009, and has filed twelve complaints for damages against the couple, including unpaid wages, overtime wages, retaliation, unfair business practices, and wrongful termination in violations of three public policies: demand for wages, medical condition and parental status.

According to the suit, Heaton and Cook fired Lee shortly after she asked for the unpaid wages, citing Lee's small child as a cause of disturbance in the work schedule. Lee is asking for at least $7,425 in unpaid wages, but the total amount will be determined upon proof at trial. Lee has requested a jury trial.

Patricia Heaton Sued by Former Assistant, Access Hollywood.com, August 18, 2009

Everyone Doesn't Love Patricia Heaton-Lawsuit Filed by Personal Assistant!, Justice News Flash.com, August 19, 2009

Actress Patricia Heaton is Being Sued on 12 Counts, Examiner.com, August 17, 2009

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