Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen‘s company, Dualstar Entertainment Group, have been hit with a class-action lawsuit that was filed by former intern Shahista Lalani, who alleged that she worked 50 hours a week without pay at The Row. Now the Olsens have responded to the case via a company spokesperson.
According to WWD, Dualstar spokeswoman, Annett Wolf, issued the following statement: “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.”
The lawsuit, according to The Daily News, argues that interns were misclassified as exempt from minimum wage requirements, and estimates more than 40 unpaid interns will be eligible to join the class-action suit.