For most people, Hollywood is the place where dreams come true. The talented artists, actors, musicians and comedians who go to Los Angeles to pursue their passions are among some of the most daring and competitive people in the world. When they hit the big time and land their dream job, it’s easy to assume that they’ll all become rich and famous. That’s not always the case. In fact, thousands of people work in Hollywood without ever seeing a six figure salary. Animation workers, however, will finally get what is owed to them after a lengthy legal battle with multiple movie studios.
Disney, Dreamworks and More to Pay
Animation workers from multiple studios will see a $170 million payout after settling a wage theft lawsuit. Companies including Disney, Dreamworks, Sony Pictures and 21st Century Fox owned Blue Sky Studios were accused of setting salary limits and failing to hire animators from other studios. This prevented artists from seeking a competitive wage. The lawsuit was filed to recognize that these animators potentially missed out on millions more in wages based on their talent and skill.
The suit began after the U.S. Justice Department began looking into California tech companies known for similar salary limitations and circumvention of the free market. This practice is unfortunately all too common across the country. Thankfully, as evidenced by the success of these animators, justice can be had. If you believe your employer has been engaging in unfair or possibly even illegal salary and hiring practices, an employment lawyer may be able to help.
Unpaid Wage & Overtime Lawyers
If you believe that your employer has violated the law or failed to properly pay you your wages, our unpaid wage & overtime attorneys are here to help. Contact us to setup a free consultation to discuss your situation 877-544-5323.