Voice of 'Dora' slaps Nickelodeon with lawsuit
October 7th, 2010
03:51 PM ET

Voice of 'Dora' slaps Nickelodeon with lawsuit

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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  1. Kare Bear

    Some of y'all are smart, dumb, perverted, and racist. Get over the fact she is suing Nick she has every right to and if you were in her shoes you would sue Nick, too.Then the perverted people she's only 15 now so quit saying she should be in Playboy. And quit saying she's probably not legal she was BORN in NEW JERSEY which if you were actually smart you would know is in AMERICA! Then there's the racist people or should i say person **Cough** **Cough** Stephen Pilanen. And correction people like YOU should be Locked Up. Here's why because if you knew your history you would know the Union won the Civil War and the Confederacy lost. So quit living in the past. GET OVER IT! And you don't speak Mexican, you speak SPANISH DUMMY! These comments seriously let people know how dumb people can be. *~*PINK AND BLACK*~* @;----

    May 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Matt

    You know.. it makes sense. These big, huge corporations picking one girl out of 600, then if they try to bargain for fair rights, they simply suggest they will get another " Dora." They eagerly sign because.. of course they want the job... Of course they don't want to go to another girl who they know would eagerly sign the contract. Then they take advantage of her. It should be a court mandate that the contract is reviewed by neutral council or sign a contract that says "you have the job" now let the agent discuss how much the contract is for. I thinnk they took advantage of her.. and should be sued. Shame on you Nickelodeon. My little daughter watches you. Imagine if she knows you are a crook, cheating little girls out of their pay, then they are forced to sue.. and now no doubt she is black balled for suing her big corporation.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. sam

    this is so dumb

    October 12, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    Where are we going? The courthouse! Where are we going? The courthouse!

    October 10, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chana

    Omg!! i freaking hate Dora show anyways..lol maybe they will discontinue that damn show...lol!opps sorry!

    October 9, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. renee

    typical white man always trying to mess over the mexican!!!

    October 9, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Truth_Troll

    This is just how Hollywood rips people off. I can't wait for it to fall into the Ocean.

    October 9, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Posh-Kenneth

    why dont they just pay this girl and send her away? They're Nickelodeon for christ's sake. They have several hit shows and can afford it. Cheap cheap cheap. Though it reminds me of the time my work screwed me, I was coming out the front door after a long day and that’s when a couple of guys up to no good started making trouble in my neighborhood I got in one little fight and my mom got scared and said you moving with your aunty and uncle in Bellaire. I whistled for a cab and when it came near the license plate said fresh and it had a dice in the mirror if anything I can say that this cab was rare, but i thought naw forget it, yo home to Bellaire!”

    October 8, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Timmie

    Interesting that she had been ripped off for 3 years and it wasn't until she lost her gig that they thought to say anything about it. My guess is they are ticked she was let go.

    October 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Deigo

    I am going to have my kids stop watching the show

    October 8, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. KC

    Wow, sounds to me like Mom and Dad didn't make as much money off of daughter as they thought they would, so now they want to whine their way to the bank. Way to go, parents. If you had an agent, and you still signed a contract that exploited your child, then either you or your agent are stupid. BTW, most of those contracts, unless thei girl was already famous, are industry standard, non-negotiable.

    October 8, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Matt

    We are a nation of sue happy idiots. I hope she does not get squat! There are a million other young ladies that would be glad to be the voice of Dora. Move on Sanchez......move on.

    October 8, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. me

    Back Pack, Back Pack

    October 8, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. David Garcia


    October 8, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. SteveinFL

    “charges that Caitlin and her parents were pressured into signing an unconscionable contract"???

    Translated..."Yes we signed contract and no we did not read it because we just wanted a check!" Doesn't this girl have an agent? Did he tell her to sign a bad contract? He/she is the one that should be sued.

    October 8, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  16. Chris

    Swiper! No swiping!

    October 8, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  17. CKJ

    Rule #1 of voice acting: you can be replaced at will.

    October 8, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  18. portalpunk

    I'm the real portalpunk. I think I'm clever and funny but really, I'm just a sad, self-abusing little troll that still lives in my mommies basement. I also have a tiny little weewee.

    October 8, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  19. Dave

    They signed the contract and they did not have to. End of story.

    October 8, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  20. Jim

    Lets teach our kids american values early.... the lawsuit

    October 8, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  21. Mark

    It is sad that this is news and the chemical spill is not getting this level of attention. This girl was the voice of a character...why should she get money that is made by the hands of writers, artists, market directors and the like...get over it little girl and get a job.

    October 8, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  22. Wood

    The more likely scenario is that the parents were pressured by their own greed to sign the contract, but then found out they could have made more so now sue over it. They signed a contract, if they didnt like the contract, its their own fault for reflexing the signature out. It was their choice to sign or not, Viacom held no weapon.

    October 8, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  23. Mark

    If she fell in the mud, would she be a dirty sanchez?

    October 8, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  24. Jim

    Please read the article before you comment folks, she wasn't the original Dora she was in fact a replacement for the first girl that grew up and matured, she had an agent, if someone screwed her I would look in that direction not at nick for needing a girls voice for a girls show....

    October 8, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  25. Jay

    parents saw a lot of money at the end of the tunnel. 2yrs later few millions was not enough so, they figured they were forced to sign a contract. i never heard anyone who gets only 30mins to sign a contract- i guess they didnt know what a contract is but sure know what millions are. dora is a bad influence anyway she carries a backpack and never goes to school.

    October 8, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  26. Nick

    1 – Who Cares
    2 – She and her parents should have brought the contract to a lawyer to go over it if they did not understand it.
    3 – Who Cares

    October 8, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  27. El Dorque


    October 8, 2010 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  28. tygr6

    Only a fool or an idiot signs a contract without understanding it.

    October 8, 2010 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • jean

      Exactly! Why would they sign something if the terms are not that good for them? Well, I think that they already know that by signing something, they know that they'll be legally bound with it. So why sign if they don't like it -pressured or not?

      October 8, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  29. Guest

    She's full of crap,
    Full of crap,
    Full of crap,
    Full of crap,
    She's full of craaappp!

    October 8, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • johnnydoe

      You are full of feces
      You are full of feces
      You are full of feces
      You are full of feces
      You are full of feces

      October 8, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • johnnydoe

      You are full of feces

      October 8, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  30. Joe

    I would like to get dirty with sanchez, but not a dirty sanchez.

    October 8, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  31. Bobby

    Parents are just angry because the Dora gravy train ran out (due to her changing voice), and didn't lead to the millions they thought it would.

    She's not even the original voice that made the show popular, Kathleen Herles had the original role and voiced Dora for over 7 years, while Caitlin Sanchez has only had the role for a bit over 2 years. I'm sorry, but she's nothing more than a sound alike replacement and had done nothing to make the show popular.

    If the parents didn't like the contract, they didn't have to sign it.

    October 8, 2010 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  32. Daniel

    I'm going to file a lawsuit, un pleito. Have you ever sued anyone? ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Bueno!

    October 8, 2010 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  33. Jason

    I want people to really look past the BS in this. Just because it's a young girl does not mean she is a "victim"! She was making NOTHING until Nickelodeon brought her aboard and opened doors for her but now someone has gotten in her head and said "Your not getting enough"! It's a cartoon people and it's not based on her at all she is only the voice! DORA has been around long before this girl!! Sad state of affairs in America that some little brat can make everyone believe she is a "victim". She is a brat plain and simple and her parents should be ashamed of their greedy a&^ selves!!

    October 8, 2010 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  34. Heffner

    She shouldn't be doing Dora anymore with looks like that, she should be doing Playboy

    October 8, 2010 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Jonathon

      Dude she is only 14, you are disgusting wanting a young girl to be in playboy.

      October 8, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  35. Gonna be drunk soon

    They call me Dude Who Explores the Bottle...

    October 8, 2010 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  36. Abbe

    Nickelodeon has responded by calling her Whora the Explorer.

    October 8, 2010 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  37. Paul Ronco

    Dora's a little punk and so are her creators. Go Sanchez!!!!

    October 8, 2010 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
  38. Lawrence

    The contract dispute is due to the fact that she can't perform the contracted voice of Dora and she wants to play the voice even if she sounds like a old lady.

    October 8, 2010 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  39. Stephen Pilanen

    Listen, she signed a contract pressured or not she could have said no I need more time but that was not the case. I'm sure her parents were there when it happened too. This is by no means Viacoms fault for trying to get what they need for the least amount of money or the people that produce Dora. If these people cant realize what there service is worth and get taken advantage of its their own fault, hire a good agent and a legal team and this will not happen. Its sad that it has to be this way but thats life. Now if its in her contract and they are not paying thats a different story and she has a legitimate complaint. I'm just sick of people that sign on the dotted line and cant keep to their end of the contract.. thats why they call it a contract. Better luck next time.

    October 8, 2010 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      I agree totally! You put it more eloquently than I could.... But see our culture now has turned everyone into a victim and making individual choices and being responsible for what YOU sign is no longer fair! I remember when a handshake was all you needed to keep your word and I am only 34!!

      October 8, 2010 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  40. Eric

    Swiper No Swiping!

    October 8, 2010 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  41. herrsonic

    Did someone checked to see if she was a legal alien.

    October 8, 2010 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      Hey, thanks, I needed my daily dose of idiotic racism.

      October 8, 2010 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
    • chico

      did somebody check her resdental statis.but what would you know thhis contry was built by imegrants from every part of the world.and to think we as americans have the right to to call people ilegal aliens you are or any me for that fact not legal it was the indians that are the only ones legal.and the evil that so called americans like you to ask did somebody checked to see if she is a iligal alien

      October 10, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  42. V Saxena

    SHUT UP about greed. Everybody has a right to be properly compensated.

    October 8, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  43. Doud

    Billion dollar corporation is pulling this type of bologna

    October 8, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Achmed Fubar

      This is why they are a multi-billion dollar corporation. screwing people. . . .

      October 8, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  44. jayh

    Swiper no suing. Swiper no suing. Swiper no suing.

    October 8, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  45. kurt

    I prefer Ni Hao Kai-lan anyways.
    Hoho, Yeye, and Tolee.

    October 8, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  46. AlKedda

    Hey! Thanks alot 'Dora'... My kid can't speak English thanks to your show. Where's my money biyatch?! This story smells of pure greed. I say that by the time she's 17, she will be in rehab with Lohan.

    October 8, 2010 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • speedy 22

      Here, here.......right on!!!

      October 8, 2010 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      If you think yr kid can't speak English for watching Dora the Explorer, a show that is 95% in English, perhaps it is the kid's getnetics, and not the show that are causing the problems.

      October 8, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Groucho

      The whole Dora thing is awful. Here's an idea, you come to this country, learn English, not the other way around!

      October 8, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • chico

      according to your comment it sounds like your daughter watches a lot of dora.and runs around the house speeking a lot of spanish.well at lest she lerned from dora.as for your dum ass you cant teach your daughter english.lol bet your dum as hell.watch me make you respond.got you trained go head respond.

      October 10, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Chico no speek Engish good

      I love when people call others "dum as hell" and are too stupid, ignorant or both (I'm guessing you're "both") to spell "dumb" correctly. A first grade English teacher would send you back to kindergarten based on that post alone, you troll.

      October 11, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  47. KBo da Rock

    Guess her parents shoulda looked in her backpack, backpack for a lawyer before signing the contract. Say "click" take a pic cuz this lawsuit is goin nowhere. Maybe they can freeze the bobos and use the map get some sort of compensation.

    October 8, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  48. Gail Snail

    It's a pity her parents are suing. She's a pretty girl and could have been offered a Nickelodeon teen show like i Carly or Victorious, but her parents got greedy.

    Did they really expect her to sound like a toddler forever? Only Yeardly Smith (Lisa simpson's voice) can get away with that.

    October 7, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • chico

      she will be hired icons never die.and altthogh your littlr lisa simpson is who you like im shure most parents would pick dora for a role model for their kids before a possed little lisa running around with a butcher nife.so i personally stick with dora kids and parents who bake cookies with thier kids.and those of you that rather watch simpsons and junk like south park why not sit down and smoke crack with them while your at it lol.

      October 10, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  49. shocked

    Man, some people's greed constantly amazes me. That little girl will probably never have to work at a fast food job or experience the types of jobs most teenagers go through, and her family wants to complain! That's what's wrong with our society....

    October 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • speedy22

      Next thing you know the parents will claim they were "bullied" into signing the contract. Far as I'm concerned this is the girls first lesson that the world is not a "fair" place. Get over it, parents, and move on. You're just creating a future "sue happy" whining adult of the future.

      October 8, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Bing

      Never have to work as a teenager? Put some perspective into that. How many millions is the Dora franchise worth? How many millions upon millions do they rake in from all the Dora products? If she didn't get a fair share of that, she should fight for it.

      October 8, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Alexito

      How can anybody make a judgement of the motives based on a silly, simple article? How can you judge the parents without knowing anything? Is it greed on their part or jealousy on yours? You would've done EXACTLY THE SAME THING if you thought your child was being taken advantage of.

      October 8, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • mel

      umm hello..did u read how much she was getting payed??? she was getting payed 40 bucks a day...40 bucks a day?? payed well?? greedy?? yeah u know damn well u'd sue if u were getting payed that crap

      October 10, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  50. portalpunk

    lolz at portalpunks last post

    October 7, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Looks like you're the only one laughing.

      October 8, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Wood

      HAHAHA there, better?

      October 8, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      I'm the real portalpunk. I'm just a sad little troll that thinks he's funny and clever. I still live with my mommy in the basement and self-abuse all day long. I've never had a real girl because I have a tiny little weewee. Please continue to feed my ego but really, I'm so scared that I pee my panites everyday.

      October 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Allie

    Well, now I know what I'm NOT getting my kids for Christmas. If freakin' Dora the Explorer herself is getting ripped off by Viacom, then I will have no part in it.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucy

      Please tell me this is sarcasm and that you do know the difference between Dora, a fictional character, and Caitlin Sanchez, a human being. Also, she was paid $5100 per episode, per contract. Hardly "ripped off."

      October 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Pat

    Greedy idoits. Doesn't she (and her family for that matter) realize that by doing this, she pretty muchs eliminates any chance she has of doing any more work with these types of companies (Nick, Disney, CN, Fox)?

    October 7, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Davis

      Wow. Yah, I should let my employer keep the money he owes me because otherwise, I couldnt work for him again, or others like him.

      Awesome logic...

      October 8, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Kamikaze

      You're right. She's just a woman. It's not like she deserves any of it.

      October 8, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • hellooooo!!!

      i heard she was getting payed $40 a day..how is she being greedy again???!!..lol

      October 10, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  53. nope

    Who cares? Everyone knows Boots is the star of that show.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Lombardo

    Ripping off Dora, now that is low

    October 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duncan

      Unless they put a gun to the parents head and said 'sign or die', then the parents are to blame for not reading the contract or taking it to a lawyer. Most than likely, to get their daughter the job, they would have signed anything.. To come back a few years later once she has found some fame and say it is unfair is wrong.

      October 8, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  55. portalpunk

    i’m sure glad we have lemonade in the fridge, cause I’m firsty!

    October 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |

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