According to the Hollywood Reporter, a former video editor has filed a class act lawsuit against 495 Productions, whom are responsible for producing Jersey Shore, The Pauly D Project, Nashville Love, A Double Shot at Love, and many more.
Assistant Editor, Philip J. Pucci, filed a suit for unfair business practices, failure to pay overtime, failure to properly document work done, failure to pay the minimum wage for hours worked, failure to pay all wages in a timely manner, and failure to provide accurate itemized statements to the employees.
Pucci claims to have only been paid $1,250 per week and was only given overtime pay once exceeding 60 hours a week. The suit describes this as a “pay scheme,” which forces non-exempt employees (those on hourly salary; managers do not apply) to agree to a flat salary for the 60-hour workweek.
According to the suit, the workweek is pre-positioned to include 40 hours plus overtime. The reality for Pucci and others in this similar situation is that this is a fixed salary. This pay scheme “is done in order to make it falsely appear [the production company] complies with California overtime laws,” explains the suit.
It is claimed that the amount of employees participating in the class action suit are “so numerous” that it would not be feasible to identify every one of them. It is estimated to affect 100 other employees who are impacted by 495’s practices.
The production company’s attorney, Alan S. Feldman, responded to a request for comment stating, “495 Productions denies any and all allegations of the complaint and will vigorously defend this meritless lawsuit.”
495 Productions markets itself as “one of the television industry’s most formidable hit factories;” and is dedicated to “exploring new post workflows through ‘faster-than-realtime’ and offsite capabilities.” Producer SallyAnn Salsano started the company in 2006.
It is important to reveal and discuss unfair work situations with those in positions to help and adjust the workplace for the better. Unfortunately, 495, a production company who works with networks like Oxygen, MTV, SyFy, and Spike, has to be identified publicly as treating employees poorly. Good thing Salsano sold a 75 percent stake in the company to FreMantle Media.