HBO Employees Say Their Pay Was Cut After They Filed Lawsuit

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By Jon Steingart

HBO cut hours for set workers because of their participation in a lawsuit alleging the company didn’t pay time-and-a-half when they worked more than 40 hours in a week, they say in a new lawsuit.

The workers are 42 parking parking production assistants. PPAs sit in parked vehicles to hold an area that will be used for filming television shows and movies. Home Box Office Inc. identified their participation in an earlier lawsuit by reviewing court filings and press coverage, they say in the complaint.

In a similar case, ABC Studios and Marvel Television Inc. agreed to pay $1.75 million to about 500 parking production assistants to settle claims it didn’t pay overtime, according to an agreement that received final court approval.

“We believe the case is without merit,” HBO said in a statement emailed to Bloomberg Law.

The same week the 42 workers filed the current lawsuit, the Communications Workers of America, Local 1101 announced that PPAs in New York who work for HBO and five other production companies unanimously voted to unionize in six separate elections.

The case is Sapia v. Home Box Office, Inc., S.D.N.Y., No. 1:18-cv-01317, complaint filed 2/14/18.

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