Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are being sued by a group of interns who worked at their label The Row, Page Six reports. The class-action suit alleges that more than 40 interns at the twins' Dualstar Entertainment Group did not receive pay for long hours. The lead plaintiff in the case, Shahista Lalani, worked for five months under The Row's head technical designer and says she worked 50-hour weeks for no pay. As Page Six notes, Lalani never worked directly for the Olsens themselves, but she says they were friendly when she did interact with them at meetings. The suit claims that Lalani and the other interns should have been paid minimum wage plus overtime, since they were doing the work of regular employees.
Dualstar, the parent company of The Row, has responded to the lawsuit via a statement to USA Today. "As an initial matter, Dualstar is an organization that is committed to treating all individuals fairly and in accordance with all applicable laws," the company's representative Annett Wolf said. "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."