One of the original stars of the Bravo series The Real Housewives of New York City is facing some serious allegations in a new lawsuit. Ramona Singer is accused of overworking her personal assistant and even defrauding Bravo itself, according to the new suit.
T360, the company that provided Singer with the assistant, filed the suit on behalf of their employee, Lisa Taubes, who was assigned to work with Singer.
According to the suit, Taubes was supposed to work 20 hours a week for a salary of $4,000 a month but ended up working more than 40 hours a week without additional pay.
In addition, Taubes was expected to be on call for Singer 24 hours a day to perform duties that were not in her job description, including walking Singer’s dog, Coco.
Perhaps the most interesting details regard the allegations that Singer was enlisting Taubes to help her scam Bravo out of thousands of dollars.
The suit alleges that Singer would have Taubes buy expensive designer clothing to wear during the filming of RHONY and submit the receipts to Bravo for reimbursement.
The catch is that Singer would then have Taubes returning the clothing to the store for a refund, without informing Bravo of the change.
Singer also demanded that Taubes create fake receipts for clothing that she already owned to be submitted to Bravo for reimbursement.
The working arrangement allegedly ended with a physical altercation in the lobby of Singer’s building when she fired Taubes in front of a crowd of onlookers.
Singer supposedly tried to “bully” Taubes into signing a non-disclosure agreement and, when she refused, Singer pushed her, causing her purse to spill out all over the lobby.
Who knows whether the allegations are true, though; presumably, T360 will be able to cough up some proof by the time the case goes in front of a judge. The company is seeking $150,000 in damages from Singer.