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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Sued By Interns

Unpaid interns cry foul.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Sued By Interns Unpaid interns cry foul.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's Dualstar Entertainment Group is facing legal trouble after Shahista Lalani (lead plaintiff) and 39 other former and current interns have filed a class-action lawsuit against the company, alleging them of exploitative conditions, including 50-hour workweeks, without pay or academic credit.

"I was doing the work of three interns," Lalani complained. She added that she and the other interns were performing tasks similar to the paid employees at The Row, the twin's clothing line. "I'd just be sweating to death. I probably carried like 50 pounds worth of trench coats. 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."

Meanwhile, a representative from Dualstar Entertainment Group responded to the allegations saying, "“As an initial matter, Dualstar is an organization 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."