In a lawsuit filed on behalf of a contestant on Netflix’s second season of the reality show “Love Is Blind,” one of the cast members alleges that the streamer and its producers were violating labour laws in fostering “inhumane working conditions” and paying cast members below the minimum wage.
The lawsuit, filed by Jeremy Hartwell, alleges that the producers of “Love Is Blind” catered to the Cast with alcohol and denied them food and water while paying them wages that were below the county’s minimum wage.
According To The Allegation, The Environment Was Not Conducive To Human Survival
Jeremy Hartwell, who filed a lawsuit with the Los Angeles County Superior Court against Netflix, production company Kinetic Content, and casting company Delirium TV, claims that the three companies have violated labour laws by denying the Cast of the show basic necessities, such as food and water.
As he explained, there were times when Defendants left members of the Cast alone for hours without access to a phone, food, or any other type of contact with the outside world until they were required to return to work on the production.
Moreover, the lawsuit alleges that the three companies further controlled the Cast by restricting food and drink at all hours of the day and by regularly denying the Cast timely access to food and water while on set, severely limiting their options for hydration while.
The lawsuit also stated that there was a lack of food even in the hotel living quarters to the point of severe hunger. In an effort to ensure that the Cast would remain deprived of food outside of the presence of the production team, the defendants instructed the hotel staff not to provide food to any Cast member that requested food because of hunger in an apparent effort to ensure that the Cast would remain to starve outside of the presence of the production crew.
Hartwell Is Suing Kinetic On Behalf Of All Of Its Reality Show Contestants
Hartwell wants to file a class-action suit on behalf of all potential contestants on Kinetic’s various reality shows, including The Ultimatum and Lifetime’s Married At First Sight.
But he’s not just suing Netflix, Kinetic Content, and Delirium TV for himself; he’s seeking to create a class-action suit on behalf of all possible contestants on Kinetic’s different reality shows, which include The Ultimatum and Married At First Sight.
According to Hartwell, he is seeking unpaid wages, financial compensation for missed meal breaks and rest periods, unspecified monetary damages for unfair business practices, and civil penalties for violations of the labour codes.
According To Jeremy, The Show Left Him Mentally Exhausted
Jeremy also released a statement regarding the lawsuit, saying that he felt sleep-deprived, socially isolated, and mentally drained after being on the show. He described the experience as something he could only describe as being out of the body.
Sometimes, he heard himself saying things contrary to what he was thinking at the time, and he would contradict himself. In the days and weeks following the production, he felt and looked like a zombie for a couple of days.
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