New York movie shoot parking workers sue studios over pay

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Workers who secure street parking for movie and TV shoots in New York City are suing major studios, saying the studios often underpaid them for a job that involves long hours and trying conditions.

Several parking production assistants who’ve worked on the sets of such films as “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” spoke at a news conference Wednesday, a day after filing their federal lawsuits.

They accuse Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and others of violating labour laws by not paying for all the workers’ hours of safeguarding parking spots for movie trucks and trailers. The workers also say they sometimes didn’t even have access to restrooms.

Lionsgate, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. all have declined to comment.