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"Love is Blind" Contestant Sues Netflix, Alleging Poor Work Conditions

A former "Love is Blind" contestant is suing Netflix and the producers over low pay and "inhumane work conditions".

Jeremy Hartwell, who appeared on the show's second season, is alleging that the show's producers deprived them of food and water, and instead plugged them full of alcohol.

He also claims that they were paid rates lower than Los Angeles' minimum wage.

According to Variety, producers paid the contestants a flat rate of $1,000 a week and they were working close to 20 hours a day, everyday.

Chantal Payton, an attorney from the firm representing Hartwell, said the producers:

“Intentionally underpaid the cast members, deprived them of food, water and sleep, plied them with booze and cut off their access to personal contacts and most of the outside world...This made cast members hungry for social connections and altered their emotions and decision-making."

The lawsuit is also claiming that the cast were required to agree that if they left before shooting was over, they would have to pay $50,000 in "liquidated damages".

The suit is seeking unpaid wages and financial compensation for the missed meals and sleep.

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