Writers who worked with Joan Rivers on the E! Network program Fashion Police have filed claims with California saying that her production company, Rugby Productions, owes them nearly $400,000 in back wages. Can we talk, indeed.
A week ago, the same writers filed a suit against the network asking for $1.1 million in back wages, per information released by the Writers Guild of America West. Which writers are filing the claim is not known, as the guild has not released that information.
The complaint has been filed with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), who handles California labor law.
“The writers are claiming that Fashion Police violated California laws that require an employer to pay hourly employees their regular wage rate for all time worked in an eight-hour period,” according to the WGAW press release. “The law also requires the payment of overtime for work in excess of eight hours in any workday or 40 hours in any workweek. The DLSE will hold hearings to determine if E! Network and Rugby Productions are liable to the writers for back pay and penalties.”
“Throughout our history, prominent members of the Guild have stood up for their fellow writers to ensure they are treated fairly and compensated properly,” added WGAW president Chris Keyser. “Unfortunately, this has not been the case with Ms. Rivers.”