In California or elsewhere, working for a movie production company may seem like a dream job that offers the opportunity to hang out the stars. However, production assistants working for Paramount Pictures, Regency Films, Nickelodeon and other companies claim that the job is not the least big glamorous and sometimes outright disgusting. They are accusing the production companies of not giving them payment for overtime and of forcing the workers to endure extreme conditions to stay on the set.
According to the complaint, the four parking production assistants (PPAs) worked long hours weekly, sometimes up to 100. Instead of being given overtime for the hours in excess of 40, it is claimed that they were instead given a flat rate. For a 12-hour shift, the workers were paid $150. They were also expected to pay for all of their own food, even though other workers had it provided.
When the PPAs were on location for film production during all of these long shifts, they were apparently unable to leave their posts. If the PPAs needed to go to the bathroom, for instance, they were purportedly forced to keep bottles and buckets inside their vehicles to use. When it was cold outside, the only way they could keep warm was by keeping their vehicles running. They claim that they were not given money to compensate for this either.
The plaintiffs seek payment for lost wages, damages and benefits from the defendants. California-headquartered Paramount did not respond to the allegations. All employees deserve to have a safe, comfortable and clean work environment as well as be paid properly for all of their hard work. Those who believe that their employers are violating state or federal employment laws have the right to pursue recourse through the civil court system.
Source: thewrap.com, "Paramount Lawsuit Claims PAs 'Forced' to Poop in Their Cars", Joe Otterson, Jan. 25, 2016