October 7th, 2010
03:51 PM ET
Caitlin Sanchez, a 14-year-old from Fairview, New Jersey who voiced "Dora the Explorer" on the Nickelodeon show starting in 2007, has filed a complaint in New York County Supreme Court alleging that the network hasn't properly compensated her for her work.
According to a statement issued by the lawyers representing Sanchez and her parents, the suit claims that Nickelodeon "took advantage of a hard-working teenage girl" and “charges that Caitlin and her parents were pressured into signing an unconscionable contract with convoluted, vague and undefined terms that allowed producers of the Nickelodeon hit to exploit her.”
The complaint, which was filed Wednesday night, claims that Sanchez is “due millions in promised compensation for merchandising, re-runs, promotional work and recordings.”
The complaint also states that Sanchez and her parents weren’t given time to seek the advice of a lawyer and were “pressured to sign within a half-hour of first seeing” the contract.
In a statement to CNN, Nickelodeon responds to the suit saying, "The claims being made are baseless. Unfortunately, Caitlin's voice changed and she was no longer able to portray the Dora character, as happened with the actress who originated the role.”
The statement continued, “Caitlin's contract was extensively negotiated through her agent and in compliance with her union. She was well-compensated for her work and for personal appearances. We have enjoyed working with Caitlin on Dora the Explorer these past three years, and we did in fact offer her a contract for other work with us."
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