Twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are now facing a lawsuit after one of their interns claims she worked a 50-hour week without pay.
Shahista Lalani was a design intern for the twins’ fashion label Row in 2012, and she said she was treated poorly and worked endlessly for no pay, which is why she filed a class-action lawsuit alleging wage theft, Page Six reports.
“I was talking to [the head technical designer] all day, all night,” she said in the suit. “Other interns have cried. I’d see a lot of kids crying doing coffee runs, photocopying stuff. She was very demanding.”
“I was doing the work of three interns. I was talking to her all day, all night. E-mails at nighttime for the next day, like 10 p.m. at night.”
Lalani also said she was hospitalized because she got dehydrated while on the job.
“It was like 100 degrees outside. I’d just be sweating to death. I probably carried like 50 pounds worth of trench coats.”
“The head technical designer was like, ‘Go get my Advil. I need this and this because I’m feeling sick and I have this meeting.’ When we weren’t doing something, they’d be like, ‘Organize the buttons in the back by color code.’ You’re cleaning. You don’t get a set 15-minute break.”
“You just go with their crazy flow. You just [got] caught up in the pressure.”