“Idol” gives back...just not to its workers

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Reuters is reporting that workers from a dozen or so realty TV shows, including “American Idol” have filed a labor complaint with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

The workers liken working on the shows to being in a sweatshop and are seeking overtime pay and meal breaks.

One former “American Idol” production assistant said he often worked 12-20 hour days seven days a week without meal breaks or overtime pay.

FremantleMedia, the company that produces “American Idol” declined to comment.

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