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Netflix's Love Is Blind Just Landed In Some Legal Trouble

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Season 2 contestant Jeremy Hartwell claims in his newly filed California Superior Court lawsuit that “Love is Blind” producers basically turned the reality dating series into a spring break trip from Hell. His suit makes numerous allegations of labor-law violations and substandard conditions while filming, including a lack of food and water, forced boozing, and sub-minimum wage compensation for the contestants, among other issues (via Variety). 

“They 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,” said Hartwell’s attorney, Chantal Payton of Payton Employment Law, PC, in a July 13 statement, per Us Weekly. “The only drinks that [the show] regularly provided to the cast were alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, energy drinks and mixers,” Payton added. “Hydrating drinks such as water were strictly limited to the cast during the day.” Hartwell has named Netflix and the production and casting companies who work on “Love is Blind” as defendants.

It also sounds as if Hartwell’s suit ultimately aims to serve as a class action that would potentially include other contestants — Hartwell’s lawyers estimate that number could be over 100 people, per Variety — who have appeared on shows from the “Love is Blind” production company. As of the time of writing, however, other claimants have not been identified. 

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