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Labor Lawsuit Names Companies in Film Industry

March 01, 2001|From Bloomberg News

About 40 studios, management companies and other firms that hire film crews face a lawsuit that says they break California's labor laws by waiting too long to pay fired workers.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, names every major studio--including Walt Disney Co.'s Walt Disney Studios, AOL Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. and Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures Entertainment--as well as payroll firms, production companies and talent agencies.

The workers allege that all of the employers illegally wait until the next regularly scheduled payday after terminations before delivering checks. Under California law, motion picture employers must pay fired workers within 24 hours after they are terminated, the workers say. Ten plaintiffs filed the suit, which seeks class-action status on behalf of 25,000 workers.

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