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Paramount class action claims the company failed to pay film crew members’ entire wages

By Vaseline May30,2024
Paramount class action claims the company failed to pay film crew members’ entire wages

Close-up of Paramount signage, representing Paramount's class action lawsuit.Close-up of Paramount signage, representing Paramount's class action lawsuit.
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Overview of Paramount Wages Class Action Lawsuits:

  • WHO: Timothy O’Cain has filed a class action lawsuit against Paramount Pictures Corp. and its president Brian Levine.
  • Why: O’Cain alleges that Paramount has failed to pay his film crew members their full wages in a timely manner.
  • Where: The class action lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court in California.

Paramount Pictures has failed to pay its film crew members their full wages on time, a new class action lawsuit alleges.

Plaintiff Timothy O’Cain’s class action lawsuit alleges Paramount failed to properly pay crew members on “numerous” production efforts, including “Top Gun,” “Fatal Attraction” and “Snake Eyes,” among many more .

O’Cain says Paramount failed to reimburse crew members for their cell phone expenses, failed to make timely payroll payments and failed to provide “timely, uninterrupted meal periods and rest breaks,” in violation of California law.

“By failing to pay the plaintiff and the class members all wages when due upon termination, the plaintiff and the class members are entitled to continued wages under California Labor Code Section 203,” says Paramount’s class action lawsuit.

O’Cain seeks to represent one class of individuals who have received wages within the past three years for services provided to Paramount in the production of motion pictures in California, and another class of similar individuals who have been paid within approximately the past four years.

Paramount required film crew members to carry walkie-talkies during breaks, class action claims

O’Cain alleges that Paramount either failed to provide breaks or required film crew members to have their walkie-talkies and cell phones with them at all times, including during meal breaks and rest periods.

“This policy prevented Defendants from providing Plaintiff and others the opportunity to enjoy legally compliant meal and rest breaks as required by California law,” Paramount’s class action says.

O’Cain alleges that Paramount is guilty of violating a number of California labor laws. He is seeking a jury trial and is seeking awards of unpaid wages, compensatory damages, civil penalties, statutory penalties, and attorneys’ fees and costs.

A pair of consumers filed a separate class action lawsuit against Paramount late last year over claims made by the company failed to honor subscription cancellations for its streaming service Paramount+.

Have you ever been paid to work on a Paramount production in California? Let us know in the comments.

The plaintiff is represented by Alan Harris, David Garrett and Min Ji Gal of Harris & Ruble.

The Paramount wages class action lawsuit is O’Cain, et al. v. Paramount Pictures Corporation, et al.Case No. 24STCV12693, in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles.



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