KNX: Couple Legally Should Have Paid ‘Won’t Go Nanny’
UPLAND (CBSLA.com) — The “Won’t Go Nanny” is apparently not going anywhere anytime soon.
Marcel and Ralph Bracamonte, the Upland couple who hired 64-year-old Diane Stretton from a Craigslist ad in March, have started legal proceedings to evict her from their house after she refused to leave their home — even after they fired her.
KNX 1070 Investigative Reporter Charles Feldman spoke to Marcel Bracamonte on Friday by phone and told her, according to the California Labor Commission, the nanny should have been paid.
Bracamonte told KCAL9’s Amy Johnson that she and the nanny agreed to a live-in relationship that would have Stretton do housekeeping chores as well as helping to care for the couple’s three children for free room and board. Bracamonte concurred with Feldman that that was the couple’s arrangement with Stretton.
But Feldman says, according to California law, nannies are considered employees and they need to be financially compensated for their work. In other words, just free room and board violates state labor laws.
When Feldman tried to discuss the matter with Marcel Bracamonte, her carefully crafted image, he reported, “turned notably sour.”
“You know what, if you’re going to try to turn this around on me,” she said, “I don’t want to do this interview.”
Feldman said, “I’m not trying to turn it around …”
Bracamonte cut him off and said, “You’re trying to turn it around on me.”
He said, “No, no. I’m …”
Bracamonte said, “Charles, I don’t want to do this interview if you’re not going to try to turn this around on me and make me the bad person.”
Feldman replied, “I’m not making anybody the bad person. I talked to the labor department and …”
Marcel then said, “And I don’t care. And I don’t want that on the air. I don’t want that on the air.”
Feldman continues, “I was just asking what your understanding was with her about the conditions of employment.”
“The conditions of employment,” Bracamonte said, “was she got, in exchange for room and board, for helping me with the kids.”
“Right,” Feldman counters, “but did you ever check to see if, check with anybody, to see if, you were able to do that arrangement with her … to do work just in exchange for room and board?”
At this point, Bracamonte has had enough.
“You know what, you’re not, you’re not a nice person,” she says. “And I don’t want to talk to you, Charles.”
And then she apparently hung up.
Feldman reported that Bracamonte never returned to the call and hung up on him when he reached out to her afterward.