Weekend Reads: Rich People’s Problems (Nannies that blab)
MY HUSBAND IS A BIG STUDIO EXEC AND WE WANT OUR NEW NANNY TO SIGN AN NDA. ARE THOSE ENFORCEABLE?
By Victoria Klein Wainscott
I’m so glad you asked. Ever since the whole Schwarzenegger blowup, my nanny only has eyes for my husband. She has a 20-year-old pool-boy inamorata, so I suspect she may be angling for a possible free ride for the next 30 years. Listen, even if you’re not Brad and Angie, who wants their most personal secrets how much Champagne you buy, how much your kid’s wardrobe costs exposed? I have many lawyer friends, for obvious reasons and this is what I’ve gleaned from their advice: An NDA can punish a blabby nanny for spewing to the press, but it’s very, very hard to persuade a judge to authorize a gag order (damn that First Amendment!). More likely, you’ll have to settle for breach of contract damages. But chances are, they might have zero means of paying a judgment (and the salacious info already will have made Page Six). Which essentially means: Don’t let the nanny hear anything you don’t want out there.