Jessica Goldstein reports in ThinkProgress on how the Olsens pumped up profits: don’t pay employees:
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s fashion empire is worth an estimated $1 billion. Interns at the Olsens’ Dualstar Entertainment company are unpaid. And, as of Tuesday, they’re suing.
A class-action lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court alleges the Olsens failed to pay 40 past and present interns. Lead plantiff Shashista Lalani, a former design intern, told Page Sixabout her unpaid gig at the Olsens’ Dualstar Entertainment Group in 2012, where she worked under the head technical designer for The Row, the Olsen’s high-end fashion label, for five months.
“I was doing the work of three interns,” Lalani told Page Six.” I was talking to her all day, all night. E-mails at nighttime for the next day, like 10 p.m. at night.” She also says she worked 50-hour weeks and was hospitalized for dehydration. “You’re…
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