Love Is Blind’s Jeremy Hartwell files lawsuit against show

Initiate legal action. After appearing in Season 2 of love is blind, Jeremy Hartwell filed a lawsuit against Netflix and the producers, making a number of allegations about how the show treated cast members.

“They deliberately underpaid the performers, deprived them of food, water and sleep, doused them with alcohol, and cut them off from personal contact and most of the outside world. This made the performers hungry for social connection and changed their emotions and decision-making,” Hartwell’s attorney said. Chantal Payton from Payton Employment Law, PC, of ​​Los Angeles, in a statement Wednesday, July 13 ‘Indemnities.’ Given that this is 50x what some of the cast members would be making during their full hours, it certainly had the potential to instill fear in the cast and allow the production to exercise even more control.”

Hartwell’s lawsuit serves as “a proposed class action on behalf of all parties involved love is blind and Other Unscripted Productions” created by Kinetic Content from 2018 to 2022, according to the Chicago native’s legal team.

In the court records obtained by us weekly, Hartwell claimed that “the only drinks are these [the show] Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, energy drinks and mixed drinks were regularly made available to performers,” further claiming that “hydrating beverages such as water were strictly restricted to performers during the day.”

The documents suggest that through a “combination of sleep deprivation, isolation, lack of food, and excess alcohol, all of which were either required, made possible, or encouraged,” the series “contributed to inhumane working conditions and an altered state of mind for the cast.” “. love is blind.

The documents also mention the cast’s inability to contact their family or friends upon arrival, which is not uncommon for many reality competition series. “Sometimes the 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 had to return to production,” the documents read.

Attorney Holmes claimed that “the exploitative working conditions served to control the behavior of the participants and to induce irrational behavior with entertainment value in the final project”.

The lawsuit also questioned the salary love is blind The contestants earned $1,000 a week, up to $8,000 for the duration of production — reportedly less than minimum wage for the number of hours worked.

“Defendants have failed and continue to fail to compensate group members and aggrieved employees for all hours worked, including minimum wage and overtime, because they have continued the practice of requiring group members and aggrieved employees to work up to twenty (20 ) to work hours a day, seven days a week while paying them a flat fee of $1,000.00 per week of shooting,” the documents said. “As a result, these workers were effective [paid] less than $7.14 per hour, which is less than half the applicable minimum rate of $15.00 per hour, less than one-third the minimum overtime rate of $22.50 per hour, and less than one-fourth the minimum rate for double hours is $30.00 per hour under applicable Los Angeles City and County Minimum Wage ordinances.”

Hartwell was among the 30 cast members selected for the second season of Love Is Blind, which began streaming earlier this year, but he didn’t get engaged and eventually wasn’t featured after the group pulled out of the show’s pod phase was.

Us weekly has reached out to Netflix and Kinetic Content for comment.

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