Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have officially responded to that intern lawsuit
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have had a lot on their plates. They’ve been getting huge in the fashion world with their fashion label, The Row, which will be on Paris runways this week. There was also all of that Fuller House drama. . . and then, they got involved in a very intense lawsuit involving a former intern, Shahista Lalani.
If you didn’t hear about the lawsuit, Lalani was an intern at Dualstar and Entertainment group, the Olsens’ licensing and manufacturing company, from May to September in 2012. Last month, she filed a class-action lawsuit, claiming that she worked 50 hours a week with no pay. She also claimed that she was misclassified as “exempt” from minimum wage requirements.
“I was doing the work of three interns,” she told Page Six in August. “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.”
Back in August, Dualstar responded to the allegations in a statement to People, saying the claims are “groundless”:
Now, in response to the lawsuit, the twins’ company is officially fighting back, denying all claims entirely. “[Claims] of failing to provide compensation at the statutory minimum wage rate for all hours workers” are all untrue, they say, according to People. They also went on to say that Lalani is an “inadequate class representative” and that “at no time did Dualstar act in a willful, wanton, reckless and/or malicious manner.”
There you have it. We’ll have to see if any of the other interns (more than 40 of them) will claim the same issues that Lalani has, but in the meantime, the Olsens are sticking to their guns.
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