Class-Action Lawsuit: Hillary Clinton Fundraisers Forced Interns to Work 50 Hours a Week Without Pay

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 at 7:07 am
Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen==2011 CFDA Awards - Inside Arrivals==Alice Tully Hall, NYC==June 06, 2011==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - CLINT SPAULDING/ ==

Hey, when you’re shelling out big bucks for Grandma’s campaign you’ve got to cut corners somewhere.

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have built a billion-dollar fashion and entertainment empire since their days as child stars — but they haven’t shared enough of their dough with the little people who grease the wheels of their business, a lawsuit claims.

The class-action suit, which alleges wage theft, says the 29-year-old celebs failed to pay about 40 past and present interns who have worked for them.

The lead plaintiff in the Manhattan Supreme Court case is former design intern Shahista Lalani, who says she was treated poorly, toiling for free doing menial tasks at the twins’ Dualstar Entertainment Group in 2012.

The Parsons School of Design grad worked in Manhattan under the head technical designer for the Olsens’ fashion label, The Row, for five months.

“She was very demanding,” Lalani recalled. “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 claims she was hospitalized for dehydration because of the job’s demands.

“It was like 100 degrees outside. I’d just be sweating to death. I probably carried like 50 pounds worth of trench coats,” to Row factories, she said.

Naturally these two are big Hillary supporters.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were guests at Hillary Clinton’s very first fundraiser of 2016 this afternoon in New York City, a source who attended the event confirms to ABC News. Singer, Tony Bennett, was also at the fundraiser, per the source.

This afternoon fundraiser – hosted by hedge fund titan, Richard Perry, and his wife and fashion designer, Lisa Perry – was the first of three fundraisers Clinton is attending in today in New York City.

According to an aide to Clinton, approximately 120 people attended this first fundraiser, which was held at the Perry’s Manhattan ease-side apartment at 1 Sutton Place, overlooking the East River.

Bet their interns didn’t attend.

So tell us more about income inequality.

Hillary Clinton used the first public rally of her presidential campaign to align herself with the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, saying she wanted to ease income inequality and would push for expanded paid family leave, universal preschool and other liberal priorities.

Weird how these lefties preach one thing and practice another.

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4 Responses to “Class-Action Lawsuit: Hillary Clinton Fundraisers Forced Interns to Work 50 Hours a Week Without Pay”

  1. KGB on 11/11/15 at 9:17 am

    Is this ABCLiz woman an actual employee of a local affiliate? If so, how does one explain the groupie-ism of putting an exclamation point after the names of the Olsons?

  2. I R A Darth Aggie on 11/11/15 at 1:39 pm

    I was under the impression that interns aren’t paid, they’re told they’re not getting paid, and have no expectation of being paid other than the quote “opportunity to learn skills”.

    So, if all you’re learning is how to carry trench coats in 100 degree weather you could, I dunno, quit?