Former employees of ‘American Idol’ are suing production company Freemantle Media North America, claiming they were overworked and underpaid. Staff who worked in various roles including, music coordinators and producers, claim they were working 24/7 without meal breaks, or proper rest periods and received no extra pay. They were even asked to falsify their time cards to make it appear they worked the statutory 40 hours a week.
In January, two similar suits against four major networks and production companies involved in reality shows who violated employment laws, were settled for $4 million.
That’s a big NO from the workers. Simon Cowell was unavailable for comment.
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