Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's Company Sued by Unpaid Intern, Company Responds
By Raphael Chestang
A former intern of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's licensing and manufacturing company, Dualstar Entertainment Group, filed a lawsuit against the organization on Aug. 7.
The plaintiff, Shahista Lalani, claims that she worked 50 hours a week as an unpaid intern between May and Sept. 2012. In the papers, she goes on to insist that the company should be paying its interns for the amount of work they do and she alleges that the interns were misclassified as exempt from minimum wage requirements.
According to the filing, which seeks class-action status, Lalani's responsibilities included inputting data into spreadsheets, making tech sheets, running personal errands for paid employees, organizing materials, cleaning, photocopying and sewing.
Dualstar has since responded to the lawsuit in a statement to E! News.
"As an initial matter, Dualstar is an organization that is committed to treating all individuals fairly and in accordance with all applicable laws," the company wrote. "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."