French secretary to sue Jolie-Pitt over dismissal

Thu May 12, 2011 8:20am EDT
 
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NICE, France (Reuters) - A woman who worked for Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie intends to sue for unfair dismissal from her job as a secretary at their chateau in the south of France, her lawyer said on Thursday.

Her lawyer said the woman, who worked as a bilingual secretary on the staff of the couple's Miraval homestead, contested a dismissal that took place while she was on sick leave and was seeking 80,000 euros ($111,800) in compensation.

"It's a drop in the ocean for these stars," lawyer Emmanuel Ludot said, adding that he had deliberately chosen to announce the matter while the couple were in France for this week's Cannes film festival.

Ludot said his client, whose name he withheld, had nothing against the couple but faulted them for failing to prevent the dismissal. He said the woman was fired on the grounds her absence was detrimental to the management of the chateau.

The chateau is one of the most luxurious of several properties around the world that are owned by Pitt and Jolie.

A labor tribunal in the town of Draguignan, in the southeastern Var department, should issue a verdict in June.

(Reporting by Pierre Thebault; Writing by Brian Love, editing by Paul Casciato)

 
<p>Actors Angelina Jolie (R) and Brad Pitt pose for pictures as they arrive for the Italian premiere of the movie "The Tourist" in Rome, December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico</p>