‘Girls Gone Wild’ Editor Sues Over Employee Misclassification

A former film editor for the “Girls Gone Wild” series has filed a class action suit against Manta Films Inc., GGW Direct LLC, and GGW founder Joe Francis, saying that he was incorrectly classified as an independent contractor and was consequently denied overtime pay that is rightly his.

Wage and hour lawyer Keith Reinfeld writes that editor Philip Anagnos says he had to work “very, very long hours” watching GGW clips in order to choose the best ones for the series. He was paid a flat rate of $170 per day no matter how long he worked, and says he did not exercise sufficient control over his work to make him an independent contractor.

(The Department of Labor exercises a six-point test to determine whether an employee is an independent contractor; no one factor is considered “controlling” but all six are “significant.”)

Francis says that Anagnos signed away his rights to overtime when he signed a contract saying he had been paid in full. However, California’s Labor Code says that only the Department of Labor can waive an employee’s rights to overtime or unpaid wages.

The lawsuit is being brought on behalf of 400 current or former employees of Manta Films and GGW Direct.

Wait…those films have editors?

(We’re not posting a picture along with this blog post. It could just get too messy.)