Michaele Salahi Sues Mother-in-Law. Wins $14,000!


We’ve heard about the strained relationship between Tareq Salahi and his parents over the family’s Virginia winery. Apparently his wife, Real Housewife of DC Michaele, is on the same bad terms. She sued her mother-in-law Corinne!

Michaele filed a complaint with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry in 2008 for $14,880 plus interest for lost wages. She claimed she worked “behind the bar on wine tastings and did payroll” from June 2007 to January 2008. Corinne’s lawyers stated that Michaele “added no value to Oasis Vineyard, Inc. and, even if she did, the claim for wages we reviewed is grossly inflated.”

The court found otherwise. Although Michaele won, there were some issues in getting the full sum, so she has dropped the issue.

“I told the Labor board she wasn’t worth it to me, so I said I am not playing her game and walked away,” Michaele told

“She wanted me to fight and took me through the embarrassment of giving me a check and taking it away. It was a game that not only she did to me but many others. I decided the way to win is walk away!”

Sounds like she’s taking the high road and being classy, except of course for the fact that she is talking about her family! The case was later closed in April 2009 when Oasis Vineyard filed for bankruptcy. 

If Tareq and Michaele ever have kids, I’m guessing visits with Grandma and Grandpa will be few and far between, if they happen at all.