L’Officiel organizes Art Basel bash as he is sued for stiffness of freelancers
Luxury fashion magazine L’Officiel may be sued by New York City for failing to pay its freelancers, but that didn’t stop the magazine from throwing a big party during Art Week Miami.
On Thursday, the NY Times reported that the US version of the French fashion magazine was being sued by New York City on behalf of two dozen freelance writers, including “writers, producers, photographers, illustrators and more,” who “Stated that they were not paid for their work, or not paid in a timely manner.
One of them, Dean Quigley, a contractual art director, owes more than $ 15,000. Freelance writer Natasha Stagg owes $ 1,000.
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Commissioner Peter Hatch told the newspaper: “If such a company has the resources to maintain a luxurious corporate image, it is all the more unreasonable for it not to not pay the real creators of the content it sells.
And by maintaining this image, they are. On Monday, the magazine celebrated its Art and Design issue at the chic Miami Beach Edition hotel.
Stefano Tonchi, Global Creative Director, mingled and posed for photos with the final issue of the evening, which was hosted by artist Leo Villareal, and included guests like artists Camilla Webster, Shawn Kolodny and Nicole Salmasi.
The lawsuit asks freelancers to be paid double their wages owed. And, according to the NY Times, “civil penalties paid to New York City and the establishment of a judicial monitor to ensure L’Officiel changes its practices.”
By bringing together 24 workers in the lawsuit, Hatch says it brings the first substantial “model practice case” to New York City, made possible by the Freelance Isn’t Free Act of 2017.