The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has run into a legal battle. The production company for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Picrow Streaming, has been accused by IATSE Local 52 in New York of making “coercive statements” and “changes in terms of conditions of employment” in violation of federal labor law that prohibits discriminating against employees because of their union activities. The allegations are currently under investigation by the National Labor Relations Board.
The union’s charge, obtained from the NLRB through a FOIA request, claims that over the past six months, Picrow has violated the National Labor Relations Act “by its discriminatory treatment of union shop stewards and supporters” who “made complaints to management regarding hours and other working conditions during the film production of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Deadline reports.
A copy of the union’s charge, in which the names of a shop steward and a supervisor have been redacted, alleges that “the production team has retaliated against [name redacted] and other members of Local 52 because of this union activity. To which, [name redacted] threatened to remove Local 52 members from the film crew and threatened to never hire [name redacted] again. The production team in fact recently offered [name redacted] a position in the Season 3 production that is a demotion from…Season 2.”
Amazon Studios flatly denied the charge in a statement to Deadline. “Amazon Studios fully supports the entire team behind The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” a spokesperson said. “While we don’t comment on specific personnel matters, these allegations are demonstrably false. Amazon Studios does not tolerate any form of discrimination or retaliation.”
This is not the first time Picrow and Amazon Studios had been sued for slighting its crew. Back in 2017, Amazon Studios was charged with underpaying its parking production assistants, with a settlement of over $517,000 for not paying overtime wages, Mxdwn.com reports.
A crew member on the series, however, said “It’s a good show to work on. They treat the crew really well. We actually look forward to going back.”
Rachel Brosnahan, who plays the title role, won the Golden Globe for the second consecutive year on Sunday for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy. It was also recently reported that Brosnahan will host the first Saturday Night Live of the new year.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is currently on hiatus, gearing up for its third season.