According to a new lawsuit, production assistants working for a number of companies including Paramount, Nickelodeon and Regency were forced to go to the bathroom inside their cars thanks to their strict—and low-paying—job requirements.

The class-action suit was filed this week by four New York-based production assistants, who say they had to take desperate measures while working on films like “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon.” Via The Wrap:

“Due to limitations on their ability to leave their assigned locations, many of the Plaintiffs are forced to urinate and defecate into bottles and buckets in their vehicles,” court documents obtained by TheWrap state.

The PPAs [production assistants], who worked on the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movies and “Wolf of Wall Street,” also allege that the companies named in the suit regularly required them to work between 60 and 100 hours per week with no overtime pay.

Instead, they were paid a flat rate of $150 a day on average for a 12-hour day. The suit also states that the PPAs were not provided compensation for food, nor given access to food on set, despite others being given dinner on set.

In addition, while working in cold weather conditions, the PPAs claim they were forced to run their cars continuously in order to stay warm, but were not compensated for this either.

What work could be so important they couldn’t even get bathroom breaks? Per TMZ, their assignment was “to keep location shoots clear of pedestrians and cars.”


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