Charlie Sheen Accused of Refusing to Pay “Two and a Half Men” Crew for Work

By Leeds Brown Law | March 2, 2011

As Charlie Sheen is undergoing a stay-at-home rehabilitation, about 300 cast and crew of the hit-show, “Two and A Half Men,” have not resumed production.   While stars such as Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones, will likely get paid whether or not they’re working, the case is different for the show’s crew members, who are considered to be freelance workers.  Currently, the studio itself is under no obligation to pay the crew, and how long the crew can go without a paycheck depends on Sheen.  TMZ has posted a report today saying that production will resume in three to four weeks but the studio is not confirming it.  The network still has two original episodes of the show that aren’t scheduled to air until February 7 and February 14.  Additionally, the network can use repeat episodes while the 45-year-old actor is absent.  Read More. 

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other laws specifically govern which employees can receive overtime pay and the minimum amounts that employers have to pay. If your employer has tried to circumvent or change these rules for their own benefit, please consider our law office to represent you. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York’s wage and hour laws are one type of test used to classify whether an employee is exempt or nonexempt is based on salary amounts. Workers who are paid below the minimum wage for example, are not exempt, regardless of the types of job duties they perform. This applies to a person’s total gross salary, and is not affected by whether the employee is working on a full-time or part-time basis. The salary test does not apply to teachers, doctors, and lawyers.  Additionally, the FLSA overtime pay rules do not apply to blue-collar workers (such as construction workers, mechanics, and electricians), and are considered to be nonexempt, no matter how highly they are paid.  If you are being paid by a salary which at or above the minimum standard, you must still inspect your job duties to determine whether or not you are an exempt employee.  Read More.

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