Paramount, Nickelodeon Forced Crew Members To Pee In Cars

Who knew that some of the biggest media industry giants are unable to provide some measly provisions to their “less important” crew members?


Let’s admit it: most of us hate our employers every now and again. Low salaries, workplace harassment, politics — we have all been there.

Still, at least our employers don’t force us to go to bathroom in our cars  unlike what media industry moguls like Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon and Regency Media Group are accused of doing.

The top corporations are facing legal action after four employees allegedly claimed they were not allowed to leave their post, even for bathroom breaks; instead the production companies reportedly forced them to relieve themselves in their cars.

The lawsuit was filed this week by a group of New York-based production assistants who claimed they had to take desperate measures (like answer the call of nature in bottles and buckets) while working on multi-million dollar block-buster projects like Wolf of Wall StreetNoah, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon.

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This is not the only complaint the staff voice. Working on movies with huge budgets like the ones mentioned above should  ideally at least pay well, but the PAs complained they were only paid a flat rate of $150 for a 12-hour work day. Plus, they often had to work 60 to 80 hours a week without any compensation for overtime.

The production assistants weren't given food allowances or provided with meals on set, although the “important” members of the crew were. Also, they had to work in cold conditions with no provisions made for heating and they had to run back and forth to their cars for warmth.

One wonders why companies that are happy to pay millions of dollars to their prized actors cannot find enough change in their deep pockets to offer basic provisions to hard-working crews.

This is just another example of big-budgeted corporations taking advantage of people willing to work (for very little) so they can place names like Martin Scorsese and Michael Bay on their resumes.

Among the demands made by the plaintiffs is payback for damages and compensation for benefits which they claim the studios later denied them. The lawsuit might prompt the industry to change its work ethics and policies, but in all probability, throwing a little money around will get the claimants to get off their backs and nothing will have changed.

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