Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen Sued By Former Intern For Working Grueling Hours With No Pay
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are being sued by a former intern, who claims she worked extremely long hours and was never compensated. Shahista Lalani, who was a design intern for the twins’ Dualstar Entertainment Company in 2012, filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court alleging that she worked nearly 50 hours a week and was not paid a dime. Lalani also says in her class action, which includes herself and more than three dozen other interns, that she did not receive college credit for her time as an intern.
In the suit, Lalani noted she answered to the head technical designer of The Row, Mary-Kate and Ashley’s fashion label, and called the work “very demanding.” “I was talking to [the head technical designer] all day, all night,” said Lalani in her suit, adding, “They’re kind of mean to you. Other interns have cried. I’d see a lot of kids crying doing coffee runs, photocopying stuff.”
Alleging she did the work of three interns, Lalani stated in her suit that she was once hospitalized for dehydration. “It was like 100 degrees outside. I’d just be sweating to death. I probably carried like 50 pounds worth of trench coats,” she claimed.
Lalani said her job duties as an intern included inputting data, cleaning and organizing around the office, sewing, photocopying, and making personal errands for employees. She claims she was doing the same exact work as paid employees at Dualstar Entertainment Company. According to the lawsuit, 40 past and present interns can join if they choose.