Olsen twins sued by unpaid interns

The lawsuit claims one girl was even hospitalised because she was overworked and dehydrated

By Andrea Tim | Published: 12 Aug 2015

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are being sued for not paying their former and present interns. The lawsuit, lead by former intern Shahista Lalani, claims that the interns were overworked and treated poorly while working at their company, Dualstar Entertainment Group.

Page Six reports that Shahista worked for five months under the head technical designer for the Olsens's fashion label The Row.

"I was doing the work of three interns. I was talking to her all day, all night. Emails at night time for the next day, like 10pm at night," she says.

Tasks like carrying heavy loads in the hot outdoors even caused Shahista to be hospitalised for dehydration. She'd also have to do menial tasks like getting an Advil for her boss, running errands for other employees, photocopying, sewing and arranging buttons by colour code. Other interns reportedly suffered a similar working environment.

"You're like an employee, except you're not getting paid," Shahista adds. "They're kind of mean to you. Other interns have cried."

However, Mary-Kate and Ashley seem to have a better impression on her. Despite only having met them at a few meetings, the Parsons School of Design-graduate liked the twins.

"They're really nice people," she says. "They were never mean to anyone. They're business people."

Dualstar issued a comment to The Huffington Post, responding to the accusations: "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."

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