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Joan Rivers Faces Charges from Writers Guild of America, East

The Council of the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) will hold a three-person trial board hearing over charges filed against author and comedian Joan Rivers.

Guild members have been on strike against E! Network’s Fashion Police since April 17, 2013. The union called the strike since the show reportedly “paid a fraction of industry-standard compensation and receive no health or pension benefits.”

According to the WGAE allegations, Rivers violated the strike by serving as a writer and showrunner for that show.

Here’s more from the  release:

The WGAE’s governing body determined that, if the charges against Rivers are proven to be accurate, then they would constitute a violation of the union’s rules; accordingly, pursuant to the WGAE’s constitution and by-laws, the Council referred the charges to a trial board. A trial board of three WGAE members will be appointed shortly. Rivers will be given the opportunity to present her case directly to the trial board, which will also hear evidence, including from the striking writers.

If you want more information for your own career, check out our Union & Guild Resources for Writers post.

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