Millionaire exec Irving Azoff sued by housekeeper for unpaid wages

Irving Azoff — a powerhouse music executive who has led some of the industry’s top acts, 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 Sept. 6 in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained Thursday exclusively by Vidak For Congress, Gloria Martinez alleges that Azoff and his wife, Shelli Azoff, did not pay her for overtime, missed meals and rest breaks during her more than 10-year career with the wealthy couple.

The LA housekeeper claims she would be paid $1,500 a week as her claimed salary, but instead “this rate varied from week to week, according to the documents.

Iriving and Shelli Azoff at a red carpet event.
Iriving and Shelli Azoff have been married since 1978.

Martinez, who claims she worked for the Azoffs from 2008 to 2017, and then from August 2021 to March 2022, also alleges in the lawsuit that she was discriminated against because of her physical disability and that she was “unjustly” fired for accommodation she provided. needed as a result of her medical problems.

The woman said in the suit that around mid-2021 she started experiencing persistent uterine complications and ovarian problems, including cysts and fibroids that were causing her chronic pelvic pain.

She claims she informed Shelli that she would have to have a hysterectomy within a year and that she would occasionally miss work for a doctor’s appointment.

Iriving Azoff (left) with Christina Aguilera on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Martinez claims the Azoffs did not pay her for overtime or missed meal breaks.
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According to the lawsuit, Martinez alleges that Shelli began complaining that she needed time off after three doctor visits, and Kris Jenner’s close friend began expressing that a hysterectomy was “neither a necessary treatment” or the “right treatment” for the pelvic pain. from her housekeeper.

On February 24, 2022, Martinez missed work to undergo a biopsy and claims she gave Shelli a medical certificate. Her doctors then asked her for a follow-up appointment on March 10, but the Azoffs are said to have discharged her on March 9.

“Defendants’ termination of Martinez’s employment was done with intent and…
oppression’, say the housekeeper’s lawyers in the lawsuit.

“Defendants’ conduct was intended to retaliate against Martinez for exercising her”
right to request reasonable accommodations because of her disability. This constitutes unlawful discrimination and retaliation that violates California law.”

Irving Azoff with Jon Bon Jovi at an event.
Irving represents many high profile clients including Bon Jovi, Maroon 5 and No Doubt.
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Irving, who has held executive positions in companies such as Ticketmaster, Live Nation Entertainment and IMG, has an estimated net worth of $400 million. His impressive client list also includes acts 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 of the powerful businessman did not immediately return Vidak For Congress’s request for comment and an official response to the complaint has not yet been filed.

Martinez has informed the court that she would like this case to go to trial.

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