In 2015, 40 past and present interns for the Olsens' Dualstar Entertainment Group, which produced their films and backs their fashion line, brought a class-action lawsuit against the company in New York Supreme Court, alleging they were either unpaid or paid less than the minimum wage after working extended hours.
The number of interns involved in the case and believed to be eligible for payout has since grown to 185. Under the terms of the the settlement, Dualstar has agreed to pay $530 for every claimant who applies and qualifies for compensation, according to a preliminary statement released last week, though a judge has yet to sign off on the docs.
A leading plaintiff in the lawsuit, a former design intern and Parsons School of Design graduate, claimed in court documents that in 2012, she was doing "the work of three interns," and talking to her boss "all day, all night."
The plaintiff also claimed that she worked 50 hours a week "inputting data into spreadsheets, making tech sheets, running personal errands for paid employees, organizing materials, photocopying, sewing, pattern cutting, among other related duties."
Though the Olsen twins -- who are believed to be worth $300 million, due mostly to their luxury fashion line, The Row -- have stayed mum on the lawsuit, the pair recently opened up to The Edit about finding balance between their work and personal lives.