Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe’s upcoming fraud trial might be the most famous case of legal trouble for the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast, but it’s certainly not the only instance. Both Melissa Gorga and Jacqueline Laurita’s husbands have been sued twice for their role in a March 2013 brawl, and now our favorite redhead Caroline Manzo is finding her husband in the middle of some legal drama.
The Wrap reports that Albert Manzo is being sued by a former waitress at The Brownstone, an event venue that he co-owns, for verbal abuse and failure to pay overtime. Also named on the suit are co-owner Tommy Manzo, manager Robert Manger, and other unnamed individuals.
Lanise Jackson filed a complaint with the Superior Court of New Jersey on December 2, saying she had “racial, sexual, ethnic and country of origin epithets hurled at her hourly.” Lanise left The Brownstone in November, but not before, she says, Tommy said to her, “Are you blind? What are you, Chinese? Open your eyes.”
She also says that she worked more than 40 hours a week, but did not receive compensation for overtime. She’s asking for damages “including but not limited to, compensatory and punitive damages, lost wages, emotional distress, legal fees, etc.”
Albert Manzo told the New York Daily News that he was "appalled" by these claims, and says the lawsuit came "out of the blue."
“I’ve never spoken to any employee in that manner,” he said. “This is the most insane thing I’ve ever dealt with... I’m seriously thinking about launching a countersuit. She is defaming me.” He thinks the lawsuit is probably "a byproduct of the fame of the show."
Caroline and Albert are no longer cast members on RHoNJ, but have already finished filming the first season of their spin-off show, Manzo’d With Children. So while Teresa’s legal drama will likely play out on screen, the Manzo’s seems like it will be taking place off-camera.