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‘Love Is Blind’ Contestant Jeremy Hartwell Alleges ‘Food, Gold and Water’ Was Withheld from Cast in Trial

Jeremy Hartwell has filed a lawsuit against Netflix. last month, love is blind Star filed a lawsuit against the streaming service and the show’s production company, alleging several allegations about how she and other cast members were treated during the filming of the series. ET has reached out to Netflix, Kinetic Content, LLC and Delirium TV, LLC for comment.

According to court docs, which were obtained by ET, Hartwell’s lawsuit is “a proposed class action” against himself and anyone who has filed a similar lawsuit with Netflix or any production company within four years of its filing. kind of agreement has been signed.

during filming love is blind and other series, Hartwell claims that the defendants “retained extreme control over almost every aspect of the lives of their show’s actors, including their timing, schedules, and their ability to eat, drink, and sleep and communicate with them.” Includes the outside world during the period of employment.”

In doing so, Hartwell claims, the defendants “created and maintained unsafe and inhumane working conditions for the show’s cast.”

According to Hartwell, one example is that the defendants allegedly “failed to provide a legally mandated off-duty meal period and rest period,” adding that he and others were allegedly only “a few hours away.” He was allowed to rest in the living quarters of his hotel “between late nights on set and early morning calls.”

Additionally, Hartwell claims, he and others were “forced to give up all forms of identification, wallets, phones, cash, and credit and debit cards,” which allegedly left “the hotel’s living quarters or production facilities.” Ability to leave the set”.

“Sometimes,” Hartwell claims, “the defendants left cast members alone for hours at a time until they had access to phones, food, or any other form of contact with the outside world, when until they were required to return to work. Production.”

Hartwell also alleged that food and drink were restricted “at all hours of the day”.

“The defendants routinely refused to provide timely food and water to the performers, while severely limiting the availability of hydration opportunities on set. Even in hotel living quarters, food was confined to the point of severe hunger,” Hartwell alleges. “The Respondent, being aware of the fact that the members of the cast would be starving at times, directed the hotel staff not to serve food to any artist, who asked him for food due to hunger, to ensure that In a clear attempt to do that the artist will continue to be denied food outside the presence of the production team.”

Hartwell claims that the only “drinks provided to him and others on a regular basis” were “alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, energy drinks and mixers”, and further alleges that he was required to “consume alcohol throughout the day”. were encouraged and given to them in unlimited quantities to control their inevitable intoxication without access to meaningful or regular proper food and water without alcohol.”

Hartwell claims, “The combination of sleep deprivation, isolation, food scarcity, and alcohol excess either required, enabled, or encouraged by the defendants, inhumane working conditions and altered mental status for artists,” Hartwell claims. “… Artists were more prone to injury due to excessive consumption of alcohol, minimal food intake and lack of sleep. Working excessive hours forced artists to perform in various states of fatigue, hunger and intoxication. , leads to an unsafe and unhealthy environment.”

Hartwell also claimed in the documents that the defendants “deliberately misclassified employees as independent contractors”, while in reality, he alleged, they were “entitled to protection under California law.” One example, according to Hartwell, is that he and others reportedly worked 20 hours per day, seven days per week, at a similar rate of $1,000 per week. He, Hartwell claims, works for less than minimum wage and does not include overtime pay.

Hartwell additionally alleged that, in the show’s contract, it was required that the cast be paid $50,000 in “so-called liquidated damages” if they leave the show during production or otherwise breach their contract. . Hartwell claims that the stipulation, “was a coercive tactic to further control and maintain the compliance of cast members during production.”

Through his lawsuit, Hartwell, which is requesting a jury trial, seeks unpaid overtime compensation, unpaid minimum wage, waiting time penalties, statutory penalties, restitution, declaratory and injunctive relief, attorneys’ fees and costs, prejudice interest, and Seeking other suitable relief. , He is also seeking all civil penalties that may be incurred under the California Labor Code as a result of the defendants’ alleged unlawful conduct, declaratory and injunctive relief, attorneys’ fees and costs, prejudicial interest, and other reliefs and penalties. .

Hartwell, which . was cast in season 2 of love is blindThe series did not engage, and thus was not screened after the conclusion of the Pods phase of the show.

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