The former nanny of Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis has sued them for wrongful termination, claiming she was let go because of her mental condition. Tuesday saw the filing of a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court by Ericka Genaro, who started working for the ex-couple in 2018.
In the complaint PEOPLE acquired, Genaro describes the allegedly “unbearable” anxiety and stress she experienced while raising the couple’s two children, son Otis, 8, and daughter Daisy, 5, after Wilde moved out around November 2020.
The complaint claims that Wilde’s abrupt departure “hurt the emotional state of the home, including Sudeikis dependent on the presence of [Genaro] for comfort.”
When approached by PEOPLE, a Wilde representative declined to comment. A spokesperson for Sudeikis cited the ex-prior couple’s denial of the accusations in October 2022.
As parents, they have stated that it is pretty disheartening to find that a former nanny of their two young children would publicly choose to make such false and scurrilous charges about us. Her horrible campaign of tormenting us, as well as family members, close friends, and coworkers, has reached its tragic climax after 18 months.
“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.”
After the kids went to bed, Sudeikis, 47, allegedly asked Genaro to “stay up late to talk,” saying that the conversation “naturally progressed to speaking about Wilde.” According to the former nanny, these chats gave her “great anxiety” because she “felt she had to ‘choose sides,'” according to Sudeikis and Wilde, 38.
The complaint claims that Genaro’s presence in the kids’ lives “grew tremendously.” The strain of Genaro taking care of the kids on his own and covering for Wilde while he was away for the kids “grew debilitating.” In Palm Springs, California, Genaro allegedly met with Wilde to address “feeling nervous and stressed with the situation at home.”
Genaro said she felt a “genuine sense of relief and comradery” with Wilde. Still, he claimed that about a month later, Sudeikis told Genaro that the actress “shared with him the entire conversation.”
According to Genaro, her “worry and stress did not get any better” as the news of Sudeikis and Wilde’s breakup spread via the media. According to the complaint, Sudeikis and Wilde eventually went to group therapy with Genaro after realizing the “emotional toll” of the circumstance.
According to Genaro, the osteopath was seen for her “physical pain, worry, and stress.” She said that her osteopath, sometimes known as a “stress leave,” advised her to take a “three-day medical leave of absence because of her mental health.”
According to the complaint, “Sudeikis terminated [Genaro] on the spot when [Genaro] stated she is under the osteopath’s orders to not speak with anyone because of her nervousness.”
Genaro now seeks damages for “loss of earnings, deferred compensation, and other employment benefits.”
After the actors’ former nanny spoke about alleged details about Wilde and Sudeikis’ breakup in an interview with the Daily Mail in October, Wilde and Sudeikis called the accusations “false and scurrilous” in a joint statement shared with PEOPLE.
Before PEOPLE revealed in November 2020 that Wilde and Sudeikis had ended their romance, the couple had been together since 2011. During this time, they were engaged.
According to a source who spoke to PEOPLE after the couple’s split became public in November 2020, their kids were their top priority. “They have developed an excellent co-parenting routine, and their separation has been amicable. The family’s relationship is centered on the children and is its first focus, “said the insider.
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