Interns sue Olsen twins for working unpaid, 50-hour weeks
Unpaid interns are suing Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The class-action lawsuit accuses the twins of failing to pay approximately 40 past and present interns, some of whom were working 50 hours a week.
The lead plaintiff, former design intern Shahista Lalani, claims she went to the hospital for dehydration at one point. "I was doing the work of three interns. I was talking to her all day, all night," presumably referring to the head technical designer of the Olsens' fashion label, Row. "You're like an employee, except you're not getting paid."
The suit reportedly argues that the interns were doing the same work as paid employees and were incorrectly classified as exempt from minimum-wage requirements. They also did not receive college credit.
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