Sting's film producer wife Trudie Styler terrifies her staff, a tribunal has heard.
The couple's former chef JANE MARTIN alleges Styler fired her after she became pregnant and is suing the couple for unfair dismissal and sex discrimination.
Martin worked for the couple for eight years, during which she fulfilled their "flamboyant lifestyle".
Martin claims Styler forced managers to fire her in April 2006 while she was pregnant.
In a tribunal in Southampton, England this week (ends09MAR07), the court heard Martin describe how the couple's employees were "entirely driven by fear of Trudie Styler".
After Martin fell ill with gastroenteritis when she was a few months pregnant, Styler reportedly raged, "Who the f**k does she think she is? She's my chef in the UK. She needs to be available if I need her, or she should rethink her position."
Martin says she was forced to work 14 hour days towards the end of her pregnancy and was made redundant just days after going on maternity leave.
Martin's former boss ANDREW BOWLING, who manages Sting and Styler's English country estates, says, "(The couple) played no part in the (redundancy) process and gave no instructions at the time. It strikes me that Jane Martin had no genuine interest in working at Lake House and she just wanted to get a financial windfall. I feel aggrieved that an employee who was treated well should seek to exploit the celebrity status of her employers."
The tribunal continues.