Filipino nanny takes on US actress Sharon Stone


In this May 3, 2012, file photo, actress Sharon Stone arrives at A Better LA’s “In the Art of the City” event in Los Angeles. Stone was sued May 23, 2012, in Los Angeles by Erlinda T. Elemen, the actress’ former nanny for allegedly insulting her Filipino heritage and firing her after discovering Elemen had been paid overtime for working on family vacations and holidays. AP PHOTO/MATT SAYLES

LOS ANGELES—A US judge cleared the way Friday for a former Filipino nanny of actress Sharon Stone to go to trial against the actress for wrongful dismissal and harassment, including racist abuse.

Lawyers for Erlinda Elemen, who worked as a live-in nanny for the “Basic Instinct” star until she was sacked in 2011, announced last year that she was suing the actress.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Strobel ruled that Elemen’s lawyers had provided enough evidence to support her allegations of harassment, failure to prevent harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.

“We’re pleased the judge recognized that the plaintiff’s claims should proceed,” said lawyer Solomon Gresen, adding: “We look forward to our July trial date.”

The trial is tentatively set for July 30.

Stone’s lawyers sought to have the case dismissed, arguing that comments made by the actress did not amount to harassment.

Comments only

“All we have is that Ms Stone made comments about Filipino food, Filipino accents,” said lawyer Daniel Gutenplan.

When the lawsuit was announced in May, the actress’s publicist slammed the legal action as “absurd,” claiming the ex-nanny was simply trying to “cash in” on Stone.

The lawsuit claimed the star equated being Filipino with being stupid, and ordered her not to speak in front of her children so they would not “talk like you.”

Stone also banned Elemen from reading the Bible in Stone’s home, even though she lived with her to look after the actress’s three children, and frequently traveled with them.

From August 2010, Elemen “was repeatedly subjected to derogatory comments and slurs by (Stone) related to her Filipino ethnicity and heritage,” said the 17-page lawsuit.

2011 dismissal

Elemen, who was hired in October 2006 and was promoted to head live-in nanny two years later, was dismissed in February 2011, after Stone learned she had been paid overtime when traveling with the children and on holidays.

The lawsuit asks for an unspecified amount for unpaid wages, damages and penalties, and is seeking a trial by jury.

In 2011, the actress was ordered to pay $232,000 in compensation to a worker who injured his knee after slipping and falling in her backyard in 2006.

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • tekateka

    Truth is.. mahina english ng mga Pinoy… truth is, there are more dumb Pinoys than Smart Pinoys… just watch your noontime shows and you see monkeys entertaining those dumb Pinoys…

    • iriga1_city1_boy1

      To tekateka:
      Just because a human being can’t speak English good does not signify that the person is “dumb”.In the world’s history there are people who made contributions to the advancement of progress and they don’t speak or barely speak English.Do you consider them dumb? Common,tekateka!!!

      • Rommel Santos

        bobo ka tekateka… tignn mo ang mga Hapon, Aleman at Frances, di sila gaanong marunong magIngles kase mahal nila ang sariling wika pero hindi ibig sabihin istupido sila- pero tignan mo kung nasaan ang mga bansang itosa iba’t-ibang larangan- lalo na ekonomiya at lakas ng bansa…. BOBO!

      • iriga1_city1_boy1

        Exactly!!! Hapon,Aleman,Frances.That’s bullseye of a logic!
        Care to disavow that reasoning,tekateka? Good post,Pare.

      • tekateka

        Read my comment!!! MORE PINOYS ARE DUMB!!!! JUST LIKE THE 3 OF YOU!!!! please learn how to comprehend… :) palusot pah!!!

      • DidoyandCandie Barr

        tekateka, you also said “Truth is.. mahina english ng mga Pinoy..” isn’t that a generalization? how sharon stone can you get? ooops.

      • tekateka

        .. and dat is da trut!

      • iriga1_city1_boy1

        The ‘please” in your post does not hide the frustration and the possible condescending attitude within you.Easy lang tekateka!! get your blood pressure medication and spyghmomanometer.Baka mahirap maki pag debate sa iyo.Relax,pare.
        We comprehend,but at least our blood don’t become the boiling ‘aguas’ of Mt. Pinatubo.He,He,He.

  • Pwe Jade

    Very brave!
    Justice rolls for a someone who stands us for her rights.

    What about the abused workers of Pujeda Construction by Alfredo Juniosa Pujeda & Carmelita Jaramilla Pujeda. Verbal abuse day after day. Illegal and unsafe practices in their PTS (STAR tollway towing) and Pujeda Builders and Construction Supply operating in QC!

    These people have no choice but to leave with these fire-tongued creatures,. This couple is not even human!

    Paging CHR!

  • Sollie Sinson

    who is sharon stone anyway? a bold star in the movie basic instinct. she became famous for baring it all!

    • David Bobir

      she actually has done many movies….not the sort pinoy like though…not enough senseless violence, stupid slapstick humour, or momo. Sorry…who are the international stars from philippines again…I forgot…

      • Mike Dulham

        it seems david is an avid fan of sharon… get a life!!!

      • iriga1_city1_boy1

        Mr. Bobir,
        Of course,Stone has done many movies.I don’t think you forgot some of the Philippine International movie stars.I would say that —“you don’t know squat about it”. Probably you did not keep up with you readings about cinema history.But I will not volunteer it to you.And don’t run to your mother “Google”to quench your lack of information.
        I got their names.They might not be famous compared to your favorite Sharon,but the main thing is they made it Internationally.
        Whether Mr. Bobir was not born yet,couple of these Filipinos made it internationally.It’s not about being “superstars”,but making it to Hollywood.
        Your post is insulting,but you don’t have a grasp on facts. Lacking of it and in the dark.

  • pitingkapuya

    Stoned na yata ang career ni Stone. Ngayon ko lang uli narining ang pangalan na to.


    Si Sharon na Stone ng Pinay…… nya…..hahaha….. Sharon got so much to lose but Erlinda got nothing to lose. Who’s stupid now ??? nyaaaaaaa………….. ha !

  • kokak

    This one is a legal issue, the kind that is your-word-against-mine. I am so inclined to believe that Ms Elemen tells the truth and hope she wins if that’s the case.
    The only drawback, regardless of whoever tells the truth, is that this case may also cause hesitations on the part of employers, justly or unjustly, to hire Pinay nannies in the future.

  • randyaltarejos

    At the first instance, Stone shouldn’t have hired the nanny after learning that she’s Filipino and that her accent was bad. Why let her work for a couple of years before dumping her in 2011? Isn’t this absurd?

    • iriga1_city1_boy1

      To randyaltarejos:

      Pare,that’s why there is a “ton of absurdity’ on the part of Ms Stone.On the very first minutes of employment that ‘accent” will be known right away.If she did not like that, she could shown abhorrence,warned her(Elemen) and “termination”.If she does not like a Filipino,BAM!! you’re fired.But WoW!!.The Filipina still got promoted and lingered .We are talking more than 365 days.It does not take those days to give a person a pink slip especially if your family is involved.

      This i can say:

      I had known people from the Philippines who work for some ultra rich people that though there were ‘language and cultural” problems that get in the way for the employment,the relationship blossomed because of respect,inclusion(within the family),and camaraderie.From 1 family member,the rich man was able to help the whole family of the Filipino migrate to that country and work for the well heeled man’s business.It’s about loyalty and devotion to the work that they exhibited.It’s about compensating for the good service.The millionaire man did not expect those people to speak English in the mold of legendary William Buckley .

      i had witnessed Filipinos being given millions of inheritance money from good ,rich Samaritan people because of their loyal service,not because they speak
      “circuitous,broken,halting,accented,boring,heavy, and Kennon Road” English.

      It’s about respect,my friends,it’s about respect.

      • randyaltarejos

        It’s really unfortunate that this had happened to our kababayan. I think it’s only appropriate that Ms. Elemen decided to file a criminal case against Ms. Stone. It’s now up to the US court to come up with the right punishment for the actress. Until now, I keep on thinking as to whether improper English accent has something to do with household work?

  • jseesus

    pinay longkatuts comes a long way..

  • Joy Rizal

    I do not know if Ms. Stone made the alleged comments about her former employee from the Philippines or about Philippine people in general. However, if her former employee’s education was similar to what our children are currently receiving in the Philippines, Ms. Stone’s comments would not be totally unjustified.

    Some of our schools are currently teaching that cop is pronounced as cap.
    That Mother and Father are pronounced moDHer and faDHer.
    That a mammal lays its young rather than giving birth to its young.
    That an electrical brown out and a black out are the same thing.
    Not to mention that the moon is a source of natural light. (Producing it’s own light.)

    With that and so much more ludicrous information being taught to our children, I do not have much difficulty understanding why people from other nations get the idea that we (those of us from the Philippines) are rather low on the intellectual scale.

    Before we condemn others for saying Filipinos are intellectually inferior, how about we clean up our education system and stop teaching our children incorrect and, to be blunt, stupid things?

  • Molly

    “She’s an actress”, how about that as an exhibit A?

    Thing is, I can’t understand Stone’s logic at all.

    She could’ve hired the District Attorney or a Harvard English professor if she wanted a nanny with a perfect accent and “cool” (smirks) heritage..

    She reaps the benefits of hiring some cheap labor from a 3rd world and wants a win-win situation.. now THAT’S STUPID..

    For all we know, there’s a thin line between a nanny and an actress anyway..atleast Ms Erlinda is not stupid enough to know her rights..

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks



latest videos