It looks like the Olsen twins have a legal storm coming their way!
The former child stars’ fashion company, The Row, joins Marc Jacobs, Coach, Oscar de la Renta and Burberry as a brand being called into court by complaints from unpaid interns.
Many people are starting to wonder what brought this cascade of lawsuits upon the fashion industry. Are fashion internships reminiscent of the Anne Hathaway’s experience in The Devil Wears Prada? Or is somebody seeking out these former interns?
Well, reports indicate that two main law firms, Virginia & Ambinder LLP and Leeds Brown Law PC, are handling these lawsuits. We have a feeling that there is a future story there, and we’ll keep you updated on the details.
Until that information is uncovered, however, let us give you what details we know about the Mary-Kate and Ashley lawsuit.
The main voice of outrage comes from one of The Row’s 2012 interns, Shahista Lalani. The Parson’s School of Design graduate reportedly performed menial tasks for a ridiculous number of hours without any compensation.
We get it…not all internships are going to be paid, but Lalani reveals that interns couldn’t even receive school credit for their work.
While Lalani refused to say any negative words about the Olsen twins, she claims that the employees that she worked under (including The Row’s head technical designer) were “kind of mean” and too demanding.
She claims, “Other interns have cried. I’d see a lot of kids crying doing coffee runs, photocopying stuff.”
The class-action lawsuit, filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court, involves 40 other interns who worked fifty hours a week (or more) for the twins’ Dualstar Entertainment Company without getting paid.
So, what are your thoughts on this lawsuit? Is Lalani expecting too much from an internship, or are the Olsen twins really at fault, here?