Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Dualstar Entertainment hit back at unpaid intern lawsuit

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Dualstar Entertainment hit back at unpaid intern lawsuit

“The allegations are groundless…”

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Yesterday it was revealed that Parsons graduate Shahista Lalani had filed a lawsuit against The Row, citing lack of payment during her internship. Today Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s empire has struck back, releasing an official statement. Know what we know here…

Parsons School of Design graduate Shahista Lalani filed a lawsuit at Manhattan's Supreme Court against Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's The Row. In the documents, which were obtained by The New York Daily News, Lalani claimed that she worked 50 hours a week between May and September 2012, performing a variety of tasks including sewing, pattern-cutting and running personal errands for paid employees. Lalani says that she was not paid for the work, and estimates that over 40 past and present interns at the twin's licensing and manufacturing company, Dualstar Entertainment Group are eligible to join to lawsuit.

Today Annett Wolf, a spokesperson at Dualstar Entertainment Group has hit back. Releasing the following statement: "As an initial matter, Dualstar is an organisation that is committed to treating all individuals fairly and in accordance with all applicable laws. 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."

Lalani is yet to respond. Stay tuned for more news on this case as it unfolds...

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