Dick Clark Productions Slapped With Class-Action Suit By AMAs Stagehand (Updated)

American Music Awards stagehand claims that DCP held out on his pay for more than two months

Last Updated: November 29, 2011 @ 12:12 PM

UPDATE, Tuesday 12:02 p.m.:

In a statement provided to TheWrap, a spokesperson for Dick Clark Productions said of the suit, "With more than 40 years of experience producing live-event television, and the subsequent employment of thousands of crew members to do those shows, I can assure that the well-being of those colleagues is of the utmost importance to us.

Our first knowledge of this alleged three-year old claim came from one individual just yesterday and strangely via media inquiry.  We are immediately investigating the matter and will respond appropriately."


Dick Clark Productions' legal woes continue to mount.

The production company was hit with a class-action lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday. It was filed by a stagehand at the American Music Awards who claims that his paycheck was delayed for more than two months.

In the suit, Charles Griffin claims that he was hired for the 36th Annual AMAs to work the ceremony on Nov. 22, 2008 — but didn't receive payment for his services until Feb. 5, 2009.

And Griffin figures he's far from the only one to receive such allegedly shabby treatment.

Read the full lawsuit here.

"DCP routinely fails to devote sufficient resources to the payroll accounting function, with the result that such late payment of wages is customary rather than exceptional," the complaint reads.

Also read: HFPA Case Against Dick Clark Productions Going to Trial

The suit includes all crew members who've worked for Dick Clark Productions in the past three years — a number that the suit estimates to be "more than 50 but fewer than 1,000."

Meanwhile, DCP's legal entanglement with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association continues.

In August, a federal judge ruled that the HFPA's case against Dick Clark Productions will go forward to trial. The HFPA, which puts on the Golden Globe Awards, filed suit against Dick Clark Productions last November, alleging that DCP improperly negotiated a new contract with NBC to air the awards for seven more years, despite the fact that DCP's contract with the HFPA was set to expire after the 2011 AMAs.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.