Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are being sued by a secretary who was fired for taking too much time off work.
Ana Charlotiaux, 45, worked at Chateau Miraval, the couple’s mansion in the south of France, until she was dismissed in February of last year.
She is now suing the management of their £20 million estate for £55,000, the UK's Daily Mail reported.
The paper reported that Charlotiaux was hired in 2008 to manage telephone and email enquiries at Chateau Miraval but is now claiming she was fired after her sickness caused her to miss work, and was told her absence was detrimental to the smooth running of the property.
Her lawyer, Emmanuel Ludot, is claiming wrongful dismissal.
Ludot told a panel who rule on employment disputes in France: “This money is a drop in the ocean for these stars. She has nothing against them personally, and says she was always treated well by them, but they did not step in to prevent her being dismissed.”
Ludot claimed his client took less than five months off over the two years that she worked at the estate. He said her absence did not cause the estate to be disrupted or lose money.
“Mr Brad Pitt, who is also famous for his charity work and adoption of children, should understand that my client should be compensated as soon as possible. We hope they will both be faithful to their reputation for humanitarian causes", Ludot said.
Beranger Boudignon said on behalf of the estate that the demands were "unfair and unfounded" and that Charlotiaux filed the suit in order to make money, the Mail reported.An employment disputes tribunal will deliver its verdict on the case on February 7 of 2012.