Working for celebrities: How much abuse would you take?

We have all heard the horror stories – celebrities using their power, fame, and money to abuse their employees. Phone throwing, spitting, hitting, sexual advances, illegal activities, and cover ups are just some of the behaviors endured by employees of celebs. But when is enough, enough?

Even though some of these tortured souls receive “fair” salaries, does that give celebrities the right to mistreat them? Although, occasionally “name-dropping” the superstar they work for, may open a few doors, it comes at what cost? One’s pride? Integrity? Morals?

Professional chef Kai Chase with Michael Jackson (top left); and with President Obama. Kai served on the culinary team for a White House dinner.
Professional chef Kai Chase with Michael Jackson (top left); and with President Obama.
Kai served on the culinary team for a White House dinner.

Kai Chase (pictured above) was Michael Jackson’s chef until his untimely passing. She was then employed by his mother, Katherine to serve as the family cook.

What was considered to be a dream job for Kai, turned into a total nightmare. Ms. Chase alleges that soon after she was employed, Katherine’s nephew, Trent Jackson made unwelcome sexual advances towards her. Kai claims that he approached her from behind, made sexual remarks, and inappropriately stared at her.

Kai says that when she reported this to Katherine, she [Katherine] apologized for his behavior, but told her that she should “just tolerate it”. Tolerate it?

And I guess to avoid any legit claims to a lawsuit, Katherine Jackson fired Kai claiming that she did not “look happy” doing her job. But who would look happy doing their job if this is what they had to endure?

Although Ms. Chase was receiving a salary of $96,000 a year, does that mean she should have continued to put up with this kind of abuse? Well, she did not think so! She has demanded that Katherine pay her a respectable amount of money for her “pain and suffering” or she will bring a sexual harrassment suit.

How much would you “take” from a celebrity you worked for?

-Reporter

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2 thoughts on “Working for celebrities: How much abuse would you take?

  1. I believe that upon employment, there out to be a CONTRACT, and should be strictly adhere to. I believe that is the only protection an employee has when working with celebrities, Because many of these folks feels that since there has “power” they can treat employees as they like.

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    1. I completely agree! I do wonder if the celebrities themselves would ever want to have these contracts, as they could serve to limit their “power”. Thank you for reading my post!!!

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