'Girls Gone Wild' Employee Sues the Boss

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Girls Gone Wild Some guys would pay to spend long hours watching "Girls Gone Wild" footage, trying to decide what's biggest, baddest and hottest. But a former film editor for the series has filed a class action suit against founder Joe Francis, Manta Films Inc. and a few others, claiming that he was wrongly classified and therefore didn't get paid enough.

The suit says that Philip Anagnos was hired as an independent contractor for a flat rate of $170 per day, regardless of the amount of hours he spent. He claimed those hours were "very, very long," according to Media Bistro. And although he signed a contract stating he had been paid in full, he wants more compensation for the time he spent going over the fleshy clips and picking the standouts.

Now, in order to be classified as an independent contractor, you have to have what's considered substantial "control" of your work. If Anagnos had to report to work at specific hours and work in Girls Gone Wild" editing bays, for example, he might not necessarily be considered "in control" by California labor laws. This is just one example of possible violations. The state code also says that only the Department of Labor can waive an employee's rights to overtime or unpaid wages, so the contract he signed could be considered null and void.

Apparently, the organization behind the "Girls Gone Wild" franchise, GGW Brands Inc., hired a lot of independent contractors and didn't pay them overtime. This is a class action suit, brought on behalf of 400 current or former employees.

It's amazing to realize how many people it takes to put that kind of entertainment together.

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