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Forced Day Off for Film Shoot in CA -- My employer contracted to use their retail store as a film location for big budget feature film. The store was closed for business for two days during filming. The store was generously compensated by the film company by factoring what the store made on it's "best day ever" plus several thousand dollars above that for each day it was closed. All non-exempt store employees were forced to take these two days off without pay while exempt employees were paid these days. I've been able to find content online regarding office closures during a crisis where the business was losing money but no legal or moral guidelines for when the business is making far more money than if it had been open. We are average paid hourly retail employees for which this "furlough" is a hardship. As to be expected, all effected employees are suffering financially and morale has collapsed. Is this a legal or moral issue? Do film companies normally provide a stipend in the filming contracts for loss of employment? Should store owners have negotiated employee pay into the contract? This will most likely happen again in the future, does anyone have any advice? Location is Los Angeles CA
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