'Fashion Police' Writers Claim E! Owes $1 Million in Back Wages

(Getty Images) The Fashion Police crew at New York Fashion Week—L-R: Kimora Lee Simmons, Kelly Osbourne, designer Jenny Packham, Joan Rivers, George Kotsiopoulos, Melissa Rivers

Everything might seem hunky-dory on the E! Fashion Police set when the show airs Friday nights at 10 p.m., but behind the scenes, it ain't that pretty. According to a report on Deadline.com, the show's writers have filed a complaint with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement claiming the show refuses to pay proper overtime, even though California law mandates it.

"The most I've been paid for a show has been for eight hours of work," said one writer Eliza Skinner. "In reality, I put in anywhere from 12 to 32 additional hours on each show—time I should be compensated for. On top of that is all the unpaid overtime we regularly work. There are some shows where we are required to work 16-hour days, from 2:30 p.m. until around 5:30 the following morning."

The complaint alleges that the network owes writers more than $1 million in unpaid wages. The writers are supported with legal help offered by the Writers Guild of America West.

E! responded with a statement that says: "E! values our Fashion Police writers and we pay them fairly and in full legal compliance."
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