NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New
York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Dec. 19 that True
Entertainment LLC, a television production company, has agreed to pay $411,000 in
restitution to hundreds of employees who allegedly failed to receive overtime
pay despite routinely working more than 40 hours per week.
"The Writers Guild of
America, East has been working closely with associate producers (APs) and other
employees in the nonfiction/reality television sector, and many report working
incredibly long hours without extra pay,” said Lowell Peterson, executive director of the Writers Guild of America, East.
According to Schneiderman’s office, production
assistants and associate producers at the company routinely worked 50 hours per
week, and sometimes as many as 72, yet never received legally mandated overtime
pay. The company failed to keep accurate records for how many hours its
employees worked, many of whom were paid weekly or daily salary hours.
“My office is committed to
enforcing overtime laws, which guarantee fair compensation for putting in long
hours, and discourage employers from assigning extremely long workweeks,” Schneiderman said. “Production workers
in the entertainment industry routinely work more than 40 hours per week, and I
will do everything in my power to defend their right to overtime pay.”