Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who have an empire worth around $300 billion, have been forced to pay out $140,000 to avoid litigation against interns who claim they worked 50 hour weeks for no money or even school credit.
One of the interns claims she was hospitalized for dehydration during her time working for the Olsen twins. “It was like 100 degrees outside. I’d just be sweating to death. I probably carried like 50 pounds worth of trench coats,” Shahista Lalani, former intern, told Page Six.
“The suit said interns were doing the same type of work as paid colleagues, without receiving academic or vocational credit, putting in 50-hour weeks inputting data, running errands, sewing, photocopying and carrying out other menial tasks,” according to the Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail reports:
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have agreed to pay out tens of thousands of dollars after interns worked up to 50 hours per week, without pay, making clothes for their high-end fashion line.
The former ‘Full House’ actresses will hand over $140,000 to a group of 185 interns who produced clothes for their fashion line The Row, according to a new filing in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The former child stars, who run a business empire worth an estimated $300million, agreed to fork out the cash to ‘avoid the uncertainties of litigation,’ their attorneys said.
The payout, which still needs to be agreed by a judge, will work out at just $530 per intern, with the rest going to their lawyers.