Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis face a lawsuit from their former nanny, who is suing the actors for wrongful termination following their separation.
In the lawsuit, filed Tuesday In Los Angeles County Superior Court, Wilde and Sudeikis’ ex-nanny Ericka Genaro talks about the “unbearable stress and anxiety” inside the actors’ home after their split and the aftermath it took a toll on his sanity. She claims she was fired when she applied for sick leave.
Genaro, who was hired in 2018 as the primary caretaker of the couple’s two children (son Otis, now 8, and daughter Daisy, 6), says Sudeikis began leaning on her to emotional support after Wilde abruptly left their home in November 2020 The Sudeikis “reportedly ‘demand’ that Genaro ‘stay awake at night after the kids have been put to bed’ for personal conversations, which “naturally evolved into talking about Wilde,” she alleges in the lawsuit.
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The former nanny also claims Wilde and Sudeikis’ split has also created a “debilitating” workload. She spent more time with the actors’ children in Wilde’s absence, including on weekends when Genaro was usually away from work.
USA TODAY contacted representatives of Wilde and Sudeikis for comment.
As her anxiety worsened, Genaro says she set up a meeting with Wilde in Palm Springs, Calif., in November 2020 to discuss the stress she was feeling due to the couple’s home life. But while Wilde “reacted with sympathy”, Genaro says Sudeikis later revealed to him during a drive to the airport that Wilde had told him about their private conversation.
Wilde and Sudeikis agreed to attend group therapy sessions with Genaro, as they recognized “the emotional toll the situation took” on her, she says in the lawsuit, and the therapist referred Genaro for consultation with an osteopath in January 2021 for his “physical pain, anxiety and stress.
In February 2021, the osteopath recommended Genaro take three days of sick leave to deal with his “extra stress”. The doctor also advised Genaro to stop working for Wilde and Sudeikis, but Genaro informed Sudeikis that she was ready to continue working until a replacement could be found.
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Despite being told about her “stress leave,” Genaro alleges Sudeikis demanded to speak to her while on leave. After refusing, Genaro says Sudeikis immediately fired her and arranged for her to be placed in a hotel.
Based on the circumstances of his termination, Genaro seeks damages for discrimination, failure to accommodate his “anxiety/depression disability”, failure to participate in the interactive process, and retaliation.
In October 2022, a beliegenaro womanwould have told the Daily Mail than Wilde had an affair with pop star Harry Styles which began the month before she and Sudeikis officially split. The British outlet did not name the nanny, but said she had worked for the ex-couple for three years. Styles starred in Wilde’s 2022 thriller “Don’t Worry Honey” and the two had been pictured together since the start of 2021, sparking speculation they were a couple.
“As parents, it is incredibly heartbreaking to learn that a former nanny of our two young children would choose to publicly make such false and slanderous accusations about us,” Wilde and Sudeikis said in a joint statement to the era. “We will continue to focus on raising and protecting our children with the sincere hope that she will now choose to leave our family alone.”
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Contributor: Charles Trepany, USA TODAY