Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen recently made headlines due to being sued by fed-up interns who were employed by the 29-year-old stars while working for the Olsen’s fashion company Dualstar. The former interns’ main basis for the lawsuit against the fashionista Full House stars reportedly had the term “wage theft” attached to the allegations.
The lawsuit was filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court with claims that the interns were not being paid for their tireless efforts at Mary Kate and Ashley’s brand headquarters.
Dualstar reps spoke on behalf of the Olsen’s and indicated that the interns’ claims are groundless and inaccurate. E!News shares the rep’s words about the matter.
“As an initial matter, Dualstar is an organisation that is committed to treating all individuals fairly and in accordance with all applicable laws. The allegations in the complaint filed against Dualstar are groundless, and Dualstar will vigorously defend itself against plaintiff’s claims in court, not before the media. Dualstar is confident that once the true facts of this case are revealed, the lawsuit will be dismissed in its entirety.”
Lead plaintiff and former design intern at the Olsen’s company, Shahista Lalani, shared her reasons for taking part in filing the claim. Bang Showbiz shares the words of the plaintiff.
“They [Mary-Kate and Ashley] are really nice people. They were never mean to anyone. They’re business people. [But the head technical designer] was very demanding. 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 pm at night. When we weren’t doing something, they’d be like, ‘Organize the buttons in the back by color code.’ You don’t get a set 15-minute break. 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.”
Although Mary Kate and Ashley are not the individuals directly responsible for the ill-treatment against the interns, it poorly reflects on the twins. Reports indicate that the suit seeks class-action status and possibly may see up to 40 interns getting on board. Dualstar maintains its stance that the company treats its interns fairly and in accordance with proper protocol.
The twins, Mary Kate and Ashley, also were said to have said a definite “no” to being a part of Fuller House along with the rest of the Full House cast. However, Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief officer, indicated that Mary Kate and Ashley simply were not certain that they could commit to 13 episodes due to being quite busy with their fashion brand. Hollywood Life relayed Sarandos’ words on the subject.
[Mary Kate and Ashley] are teetering on whether or not they’ll be around [for 13 episodes].”
Fuller House is set to hit the site in 2016.
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