'Fashion Police' writers file claim against E! for unpaid hours and overtime
The E! network will have to answer allegations that its show Fashion Police violated California labor laws by not properly compensating its writers, Deadline.com reports. That show has writers? We thought they just wound up Joan Rivers and let her yammer for an hour.
The Writers Guild of America, West, helped the show's scribes file claims with the state's Division of Labor standards Enforcement demanding up to $1 million in back wages. The paperwork contends the writers weren't given correct wages for hours and overtime worked.
“The most I’ve been paid for a show has been for eight hours of work,” Fashion Police writer Eliza Skinner said in a WGA statement. “In reality, I put in anywhere from 12 to 32 additional hours on each show – time I should have been compensated for. On top of that is all the unpaid overtime we regularly work. There are some shows where we are required to work 16-hour days, from 2:30 p.m. until around 5:30 the following morning.”
Not that the writers are really mad about it, but times are tough and cash is king.
“We love writing for Fashion Police, but the company needs to do the right thing and pay us fairly for all the hard work and time we put into it,” writer Bryan Cook added in the release. “We’ve helped make it one of the network’s top-rated shows and E! needs to start treating us like professional writers.”
Meanwhile, The Juice* is largely paid in pork cracklings and gray squirrels. Don't know what a gray squirrel is? Ask a bartender to make you one someday (but you'll have to wait until closing time so they can properly wring out the bar towels).