Eight workers at Madonna’s Malawi charity are suing the pop star for unfair dismissal and non-payment of their benefits, their lawyer said on Sunday.
The board of the charity, Raising Malawi, was sacked after abandoning plans to build a state of the art girls’ school just outside the capital Lilongwe due to mismanagement, the New York Times newspaper reported on Saturday.
Madonna, who has adopted two children from Malawi, lent $11 million to the organization and is now on the board.
The workers’ lawyer, Mzondi Chirambo, said Madonna had 14 days to respond to their concerns.
“Their employment was terminated by the trustees of Raising Malawi Academy for Girls ostensibly following the change of plan not to build the school as planned,” Chirambo said.
“My clients are also being forced to sign a discriminatory termination agreement before they are paid their benefits.”
Chirambo said one of the workers he represented was the chief executive of the school, some taught Jewish Kabbalah mysticism while the others were connected to the school project.
The papers were filed with the Industrial Court, which handles labor disputes.
Madonna’s U.S. representative was not immediately available for comment.
The New York Times said the plan to build the school had collapsed after $3.8 million was spent with little to show for it. Its executive director left in October amid criticism of his management style and cost overruns.
The Live version of Madonna’s “Miles Away” is included on the “Songs For Japan” album to be released on iTunes today.
Taken from her 2008 “Sticky & Sweet Tour”, “Miles Away” is featured along with songs by REM, U2, Sting, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Beyonce and many more…
All of the monies earned from “Songs for Japan” will be directed to the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) to support its disaster relief efforts. The society will use the funds for the ongoing provision of immediate relief and for eventual recovery support to the affected population. The artists participating on Songs for Japan, the major music labels – EMI Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group – and music publishers have waived their royalties and proceeds from the worldwide sales of the album to ensure that the JRCS receives as much support as possible from this global initiative. In addition, iTunes will donate all proceeds from the album’s worldwide sales to the benefit of the JRCS.
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In the wake of Elizabeth Taylor’s Wednesday passing, celebrities are sharing their memories of the 79-year-old screen legend on Twitter and with UsMagazine.com.
“I am so sorry to hear that this great legend has passed,” Madonna, 52, tells Us exclusively. “I admired and respected her not only as an actress but for her amazing and inspiring work as an AIDS activist. She was one of a kind.”
Madonna is just about done editing her film, “W.E.” The star wrote and directed this tale of a modern young woman (Abbie Cornish) who is fascinated by the historic “fairytale” romance of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Frustratingly, I cannot say too much about the film. But I do feel safe in saying that Madonna is going to surprise just about everybody with her finesse here. “W.E.” is lush, compelling, romantic, funny and tragic. The pop icon is one hell of a director. But that’s no surprise to me.
A 29-year old alleged stalker was caught in Madonna’s London mansion last weekend attempting to steal some of the Material Girl’s personal possessions. The U.K. tabloid The Sun reports that Grzegorz Matlok was arrested early Saturday morning inside the 52-year-old singer’s home. The Polish national was charged with burglary on Sunday and was due to appear before a London court on Monday, although it’s undetermined if he did. Madonna wasn’t home at the time of the incident — she was in Michigan with her children attending her grandmother’s funeral. Madonna’s maternal grandmother, Elsie Mae Fortin, died Wednesday at age 99 in Bay City, Michigan, where the singer was born and raised. The attempted burglary in London comes just six months after a man carrying two knives was arrested outside Madonna’s New York apartment.
Photographed by Richard Corman in 1982, previously unreleased