Tags: olsen | twins | sued | intern

Olsen Twins Sued: Intern Claims Working Grueling, Unpaid Days

Image: Olsen Twins Sued: Intern Claims Working Grueling, Unpaid Days
Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen are being sued by a former intern working at their fashion label, The Row. (Amy Sussman/Invision/AP Images, file)

By    |   Tuesday, 11 Aug 2015 12:45 PM

The Olsen twins, who built a fashion empire after starring in "Full House," are being sued for wage theft after allegedly working unpaid interns to the bone.

Page Six reported that Shahista Lalani, a Parsons School of Design grad who toiled away for the twins' Dualstar Entertainment Group back in 2012, has sued the company on behalf of 40 past and present interns.

Lalani claims she worked for the Olsens' fashion label, The Row, for five months as an assistant to the head technical designer.

"She was very demanding," Lalani explained. "I was doing the work of three interns. I was talking to her all day, all night. E-mails at nighttime for the next day, like 10 p.m. at night."

"You’re like an employee, except you’re not getting paid. They’re kind of mean to you. Other interns have cried. I’d see a lot of kids crying doing coffee runs, photocopying stuff," she added.

The suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, claims that interns should have been paid minimum wage plus overtime because they were doing the same work as paid employees at the company.

According to the New York Daily News, Lalani said in the court documents that her responsibilities included inputting spreadsheet data, tech sheet creation, running personal errands for paid employees, organizing materials, cleaning, photocopying, and sewing.

Lalani also claims she was hospitalized as a result of the workload she was given as an intern.

"It was like 100 degrees outside. I’d just be sweating to death. I probably carried like 50 pounds worth of trench coats," to factories, she said.

The lawsuit comes while the original cast of "Full House" — with the exception of the twins — is busy with production for a new reboot of the show, "Fuller House," set to premiere on Netflix.

The lawsuit also comes in the wake of lawsuits against Sirius XM radio, Comcast, NBCUniversal, Condé Nast, and Viacom for similar intern practices. In most cases, the interns came away with a settlement or ruling in their favor.

Of Mary-Kate and Ashely Olsen themselves, Lalani said she never worked for them directly, but saw them at the occasional meeting.

"They’re really nice people," she said. "They were never mean to anyone. They’re business people."

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
TheWire
The Olsen twins, who built a fashion empire after starring in "Full House," are being sued for wage theft after allegedly working unpaid interns to the bone.
olsen, twins, sued, intern
372
2015-45-11
Tuesday, 11 Aug 2015 12:45 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved