As a former nanny and babysitter, I’ve adhered to all kinds of requests from parents. I’ve watched kids overnight, I’ve stayed longer than the scheduled time because shiz happens, I once even unexpectedly ferried a baby from Brooklyn into Manhattan because the mother I worked for forgot her breast pump and was in pain. Call of duty, expect the unexpected, children are unpredictable, and all that. Nevertheless, if a parent demanded I log a 12-hour overnight shift with NO BREAKS like Alanis Morissette‘s former nanny alleges, I would be calling the authorities and telling all my nanny friends to black list her.
TMZ reports that Bianca Cambeiro worked for Alanis and her husband Mario Treadway from August 2011 to March 2013. She is now suing the family, claiming that it was during this time that she worked a “hellish” 12-hour night shift looking after the couple’s son, Ever. And she’s not exaggerating if these allegations are true:
According to Bianca’s lawsuit, Alanis effectively held her hostage inside their baby’s bedroom while he slept, ordering her not to leave under any circumstances … not even for a break to eat. Bianca was only allowed relief if one of the child’s parents was in the bedroom … or if the day-shift nanny replaced her. That’s it.
So can we assume potty breaks were also forbidden?
Further mistreatment reportedly continues in Bianca’s lawsuit, as she claims she wasn’t paid $30,000 in overtime and other wages. On top of the unreported sum of her lawsuit, she’s suing for an additional $100,000 for emotional distress. Alanis has yet to publicly comment on whether she straight up enslaves her nannies.