A former intern is suing Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s company Dualstar for alleged mistreatment in the workplace. The company has issued a statement vehemently denying the claims.
The class-action suit, which alleges wage theft, claims that the Olsen twin’s company, Dualstar, failed to pay about 40 past and present interns who have worked for them, but the lead plaintiff had only positive words for the sisters.
“They’re really nice people. They were never mean to anyone. They’re business people,” Shahista Lalani said.
However states the head technical designer for The Row, under whom she worked, had not treated her as kindly stating: “She was very demanding. I was doing the work of three interns. I was talking to her all day, all night; emails at night time for the next day, like 10 at night.”
The company has issued a statement vehemently denying the claims: “As an initial matter, Dualstar is an organisation 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,” said Dualstar spokesperson Annett Wolf.
“Dualstar is confident that once the true facts of this case are revealed, the lawsuit will be dismissed in its entirety.”
The plaintiff, Shahista Lalani, worked for the company in 2012 and claims that she completed 50-hour weeks “inputting data into spreadsheets, making tech sheets, running personal errands for paid employees, organising materials, photocopying, sewing, pattern cutting, among other related duties.”
Apparently many other interns who also “should have been paid the minimum wage plus overtime because they were doing the same type of jobs as the paid colleagues without receiving academic or vocational credit”.
Lalani also claims that she was hospitalised due to dehydration and the demands of the job. However Dualstar claim they were “not aware of this”.