Monday 23 March 2009, 11:51 | By

Idol employee claims sweat shop conditions

Legal Media

Three former employees of the LA division of TV producers Fremantle Media have accused the company of making them work under “sweatshop” conditions. In a lawsuit in LA, the three former telly execs, one of whom worked on ‘American Idol’, say they were forced to work seven days a week, sometimes up to 20 hours a day, and that they were then asked to falsify their time cards so their unpaid overtime couldn’t be seen on the records.

The lawyer representing the plaintiffs told reporters: “There’s no Hollywood glamour for the below-the-line people who work on ‘American Idol’ and other reality shows, who are grossly underpaid, worked 24/7 and receive no rest or meal breaks and no health coverage contrary to California labour laws”.

A Fremantle Media spokesperson refused to comment on the lawsuit.

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