Official USA to settle stiff freelancers in court


Luxury fashion magazine L’Officiel – which is being sued by New York City for failing to pay its freelancers – has offered a settlement.

On Tuesday, the magazine announced that it made an offer to the city on Dec. 6 and the two sides are now in talks to “finalize a settlement.”

In December, the city filed a lawsuit against the French fashion magazine on behalf of two dozen freelancers, including “writers, producers, photographers, illustrators and more” who “said they weren’t being paid for their work, or that they were not paid in a timely manner”.

According to the magazine, “L’Officiel USA will arrange for payment of all amounts owed” within five days of a settlement.

He also claims that it has been reorganized so that the same thing does not happen again.

“To expedite payments, the company transferred management of its accounting system to its New York office,” he said. He also said he has set up a “task force” that will ensure contracts are fulfilled.

L’Officiel’s board of directors said in a statement: “L’Officiel’s 100-year history of employing writers, editors, stylists and photographers shows our strong dedication to fashion journalism. We are committed to cooperating with the [New York City authorities] and to support independent talent in the United States and around the world. We intend to pave the way for meaningful change across the industry.

A spokesperson for the City’s Legal Department told us: “I cannot confirm or deny whether L’Officiel has made a settlement offer. The complaint alleges that several of the plaintiffs were repeatedly told that they would be paid and that L’Officiel never showed up. The City undertakes to guarantee the payment of all freelancers injured by the misconduct of L’Officiel and will vigorously apply the law Freelance is not Free against any company that makes a habit of stiffening its freelancers.

Last month, Page Six exclusively reported that Global Creative Director Stefano Tonchi left the company in solidarity with freelancers. We learn that he has not joined the magazine. Tonchi was a consultant, not a full-time employee.


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