CBS Agrees to $10M Overtime Settlement for Set Workers

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By Jon Steingart

CBS and affiliated production companies agreed to pay about $9.98 million to settle claims they didn’t pay overtime to movie and television set workers, according to a settlement filed for court approval.

More than 900 class members have been identified so far, according to the workers’ unopposed motion for preliminary approval.

The settlement covers parking production assistants, who ensure that an area where the crew will film the next day remains blocked off to the public. The workers said they were paid a fixed amount per day, rather than an hourly wage, which meant they didn’t receive overtime when they put in more than 40 hours in a week.

The PPAs worked on movies and TV shows including “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Good Wife,” and “C.S.I. New York.” The companies that agreed to the settlement are CBS Television Studios, CBS Broadcasting Inc., Eye Productions Inc., and Possible Productions Inc. CBS Television Studios is a division of CBS Studios Inc.

The agreement is subject to review by Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, who will decide whether it’s a fair and reasonable resolution.

In a separate case, an appeals court in February revived PPA supervisors’ retaliation lawsuit against CBS. The supervisors said they were fired or forced to resign after they objected when senior management told them to cut the parking production assistants’ hours after the PPAs filed the overtime lawsuit. The supervisors’ retaliation case is ongoing.

The CBS settlement is part of a wave of recent PPA lawsuits. ABC Studios and Marvel Television Inc. received final court approval in December to pay a $1.75 million overtime settlement to about 500 parking production assistants who worked on the sets of movies and TV shows including “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” and “The Fosters.”

The case is Hines v. CBS Corp., S.D.N.Y., No. 1:15-cv-07882, motion for preliminary settlement approval 8/22/18.

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