Bosses at an exercise company have dragged Oprah Winfrey to court over a workout program. Officials at Unicus Performance Training (UPT) have filed a lawsuit against Winfrey’s Harpo, Inc accusing the firm for not having paid them for developing an exercise scheme.
UPT bosses say they were hired by Winfrey’s firm to design a corporate fitness regime, the O Fitness Challenge, specifically for Harpo employees between August 2008 and March 2009.
According to TMZ.com, legal documents say UPT chiefs invoiced Harpo for 39,375pounds but were informed their contract had been terminated after they allegedly breached a confidentiality agreement when they sent out a mass email promoting an upcoming appearance on Winfrey’s radio show, reports the Daily Star.
UPT owners Dina Castillo and Frank Nunez say Harpo’s General Counsel and Vice President William L. Becker later told them their services had been “voluntary.” Castillo and Nunez are seeking unspecified damages “to compensate Unicus for the fair value of the services performed.”