New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced a settlement with TV production company True Entertainment for $411,000 in restitution for unpaid overtime.
The funds will go to hundreds of employees who did not receive overtime, despite routinely working well over 40 hours per week. The company, which produces reality programs, including “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” has also agreed to measures designed to ensure legal compliance in the future.
True Entertainment said the settlement was amicable and stemmed from a disagreement over some its creative employees being eligible for overtime. The Writers Guild of America East, which has been expanding its jurisdiction in the reality TV sector, issued a strong statement of support for the action.