Blerg! Actress and 30 Rock creator Tina Fey might've found herself uttering Liz Lemon's old catchphrase this past weekend, after the New York State Workers' Compensation Board slapped her with a $79,000 judgment for failing to carry workers' comp insurance.
According to documents obtained by The Smoking Gun, Fey received a bill--ominously marked "Final Notice"--for not carrying the insurance from late 2012 through last month. As Page Six reported, the agency recently filed a lawsuit against Fey because she was a month behind on the payment.
Although the bill was sent to the address of Fey's production company, Little Stranger Inc., Fey herself is named on the documents, so it's unclear whether crew members were lacking coverage or dog walkers.
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The documents also state that Fey has previously appealed the fine; Fey's spokeswoman Cara Tripicchio told the New York Daily News that her client "has proper and current insurance covering all employees and at no time has worker's compensation payment lapsed."
She also said that the bill, which was sent to an address that had been unused for almost six years, seemed to be the result of a clerical error.
Regardless of Fey's involvement in the matter, Liz Lemon will always be a shining light of good-natured wackiness. And Fey herself has some good career lessons to offer up.
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