E! 'Fashion Police' Writers File Overtime Lawsuit, Claiming $1M in Unpaid Wages

May 13, 2013

The writers from E! Network's popular show Fashion Police, starring Joan Rivers, have recently accused the network of violating their California wage and hour rights, alleging that E! owes them back wages that total over $1 million.

According to the Los Angeles, California wage and hour news, that Vincent Howard has been following, eight writers from the show recently filed a claim with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DSLE), claiming that E! has broken California law by failing to compensate them for all of their regular and overtime work hours they have accrued since writing for the show.

Fashion Police is being accused of ignoring the California wage and hour laws requiring that employers compensate hourly employees with their normal wage rate for all hours worked in an eight hour day, along with overtime compensation for any hours worked beyond forty hours in a week of work.

One of the writers claimed that the most she has been paid on the show was for eight hours of work, even though she consistently worked anywhere from twelve to thirty-two extra hours on the show. The writer claimed that the writing team was often required to work as many as sixteen hours at a time, with no additional overtime compensation.

Another writer claimed that as the writing team has helped make the show one of E! Networks top-rated shows, they should start paying the writers fairly for all of the hard work and overtime hours they have worked since writing for the show. Although the writers on the show are not in the union, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has provided legal assistance to the writers in their wage and hour lawsuit.

In a recent Anaheim employment attorneys blog, Howard Law's managing partner Vincent Howard reported on a wage and hour lawsuit where nearly fifty former and current employees from the bar Coyote Ugly Saloon, made famous from the film starring Piper Perabo and Tyra Banks, sued the company for failing to compensate them with overtime payment.

In Costa Mesa, California, contact attorney Vincent Howard and his team of experienced labor and employment professionals, for a free consultation about your overtime issue. Call today, at 1-800-872-5925.

'Fashion Police' Writers' Unpaid Wages Total Over $1 Million, Filing Claims, The Huffington Post, April 4, 2013

UPDATE: 'Fashion Police' Writers Say E! Broke State Labor Laws & Owe $1M In Wages, Deadline.com, April 3, 2013

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR): The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, (DSLE)

Department of Labor (DOL): Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

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