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Ex-Unpaid Intern Sues Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's Company



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    A former intern has sued Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's licensing and manufacturing company, saying she worked 50 hours a week but wasn't paid.

    Shahista Lalani filed a class-action lawsuit against Dualstar Entertainment Group in Manhattan's state Supreme Court.

    Lalani says she worked from May to September 2012. The Daily News reports the lawsuit claims interns were misclassified as exempt from minimum wage requirements.

    Lalani says her responsibilities included inputting data into spreadsheets, doing errands for paid employees, cutting patterns, photocopying and sewing.

    A spokeswoman tells the New York Post the company wasn't aware of the lawsuit and declined to comment further.

    The 29-year-old twins founded the company when they were 6. Among other things, it makes videos, books, cosmetics and clothes.

    Lalani's attorney didn't respond to requests for comment from the News.

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