E! Writers File Wage Dispute Claims; Go On Strike

Some of the writers for E! Network’s “Fashion Police” went on strike on April 17, claiming the network owes them money for both regular and overtime wages, according to the Southwest Riverside News Network.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) said that the producers of the show have not signed a contract with WGA, meaning that the WGA will not assist the writers with the claims. All employees, however, are still entitled to overtime rates for any more hours worked over eight in one day or 40 in one week. The writers filed a complaint with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

“The ball is clearly in E! and Rugby [Productions’] court right now and we’re ready to go back to work on ‘Fashion Police’ just as soon as they sign a WGA contract,” says writer Ned Rice.

“To deny them [the writers] the basic guarantees that are the right of all writers is not only unjust, it is also a counterproductive business practice,” said WGA Writers President Chris Keyser. “All WGA members are now prohibited from working on ‘Fashion Police.’ This order will remain in effect until E! and Rugby do what is right.”

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