Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have finally reached a settlement with their former intern in the legal battle accusing the famed twins of working her (among others) to the bone 50 hours a week — without payment!
As Radar previously reported, Shahista Lalani, who worked for the twin's Dualstar Entertainment Group filed a class action lawsuit in a New York court.
The ex-intern claimed that the Olsen twins' company had employed interns beginning in 2009 to the present date. She explained she worked for Dualstar from May 2012 to September 2012. Her duties as an intern covered everything from inputting data into spreadsheets, running personal errands for paid employees, organizing materials, cleaning, photocopying, sewing, and pattern cutting, among various other tasks.
Lalani said she worked five days a week and nearly 50 hours per week, claiming that none of the interns were paid a dime, and that they also did not receive any academic or vocational training, which is required by law for an internship.
Earlier this year, Mary-Kate and Ashley fired back, arguing that they never used free labor to avoid hiring paid employees to do the same job the interns did. The pair also denied allegations that they ordered the intern to complete tasks like running errands for employees, photocopying and sewing clothes for the company, as well as demanding 50-hour work weeks.
The case has been dragging on for some time with both parties preparing for trial. But on December 1, documents were filed revealing a conference had been held, during which the ex-intern and fashion empire twins had reached a settlement, dismissing the case altogether.
The terms of the deal will remain confidential. Mary-Kate and Ashley will be submitting the finalized agreement once it has been executed by both parties.
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