EPG ordered to pay extras

Settlement reached in minimum wage casting breach

HOLLYWOOD — A state judge has ordered Central Casting’s payroll company Entertainment Partners Group to pay $1.2 million to settle a class-action suit over its practice of taking a 5% commission on non-union extras’ work.

Settlement, approved last week by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr, calls for about 4,000 thesps who had seen at least $150 withheld — meaning that they were paid at least $3,000 for the work — to receive reimbursement. Settlement did not cover some 20,000 other thesps who did not have that amount withheld.

Original suit, filed by David Heim and Arlie Sego, contended that the 5% commission left extras with an hourly rate that was under the state’s minimum wage. The settlement covers individuals who worked between Jan. 1, 1997, and May 16, 2002.

Attorneys have said the thesps will begin receiving payment checks within 90 days.

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