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Fox To Pay Ex-Interns $495 Each In Standard-Setting Deal

Jul 12, 2016 / Media Coverage /
Fox has reached a deal in a class action brought by former unpaid interns alleging they should have been classified as employees, which sparked a host of similar suits, agreeing to pay $495 to each class member, according to settlement documents filed Tuesday in New York federal court. In a motion for settlement approval and supporting memorandum, five former unpaid interns at Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc. and Fox Entertainment Group Inc . asked U.S. District Judge William Pauley to approve the deal, which will see the entertainment company pay $495 to every intern who files a claim showing...
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Fox Reaches Settlement in Landmark Lawsuit Over Unpaid Internships

Jul 12, 2016 / Media Coverage /
The five-year-old case that redefined the legality of the controversial labor practice may be coming to an end. A major labor lawsuit over unpaid internships in the entertainment and media industry has reached a proposed settlement. On Tuesday, court papers were filed revealing that Fox has agreed to pay many of those who completed an unpaid internship at its film, television and digital divisions. If approved by the judge, the deal would bring an end to a case that resulted in a landmark 2nd Circuit opinion that provided guidance on when unpaid internships might violate minimum wage and...
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Fox Unpaid Intern Case is Drawing to a Close with Proposed Settlement

Jul 12, 2016 / Media Coverage /
A labor lawsuit that was instrumental in prodding Hollywood studios and production companies to reconsider how they treat interns is headed toward a resolution. Unpaid interns who had worked at Fox Searchlight Pictures filed a lawsuit five years ago alleging the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying them for their work. Now a proposed class-action settlement has been reached in the case, according to court documents filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New York. Under terms of the settlement, which requires approval by U.S. District Judge William Pauley, media giant...
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Fox Settles ‘Black Swan’ Interns Lawsuit After Five Years

Jul 12, 2016 / Media Coverage /
After a half-decade of fighting the Black Swa n interns lawsuit, Fox said today that it has reached a settlement in the case that changed Hollywood. The deal puts the studio in the company of NBCUniversal, Lionsgate, Viacom and and ICM Partners among those that have opted to settle such complaints rather than go to trial. “On July 8, 2016, the Plaintiffs Eric Glatt, Alexander Footman, Eden Antalik, and Kanene Gratts and Defendants Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. and Fox Entertainment Group, Inc., by their respective counsel of record, filed with this Court a Settlement Stipulation,” said the...
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Interns Say Their Time At Hearst Was Work, Not Education

Mar 7, 2016 / Media Coverage /
Law360—Matthew Bultman Former Hearst Corp. magazine interns who are suing the publisher over unpaid wages fought to keep alive their putative class action Friday in New York federal court, insisting they received almost no educational benefit from their internships. Led by Ohio State graduate Xuedan Wang, the interns said they received minimal supervision and often performed routine, low-level tasks like running errands, sending packages or copying documents. They argue the work they did around Hearst’s Manhattan offices allowed the publisher to control costs by not having to hire additional...
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U.S. Supreme Court May Ultimately Have the Final Word on the Future of Unpaid Internships in the Private Sector

Oct 27, 2015 / Media Coverage /
U.S. Supreme Court May Ultimately Have the Final Word on the Future of Unpaid Internships in the Private Sector By William D. Welkowitz Outten & Golden LLP partner Rachel M. Bien was interviewed for this article . (Reproduced with permission from FLSA Litigation Tracker, FLLTSR 2015:004 (Oct. 26, 2015). Copyright 2015 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033))
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Video: What to Do if You Have an Unfair Internship

Aug 12, 2015 / Media Coverage /
PIX11 News—PIX11 Report Internships are a great way to gain work experience while you’re in college or trying to pick a career. However, the Olsen twins are just the latest people being sued for overworking and not paying interns. They join companies such as Conde Nast, Bad Boy Records and Fox Searchlight who have all been sued by former interns. Rachel Bien, attorney who handled intern cases against Conde Nast and Christina Isnardi (NYC intern and former unpaid intern) talk about what someone can do if they’re being treated unfairly at their internship. Watch the video here .
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Hillary Clinton to Hire Some 'Summer Fellows' After Reports of Interns Working for Free

The presidential frontrunner finally added eight full-time staff to her campaign’s payroll after reports that some politically experienced organizers were unpaid Hillary Clinton has hired eight “summer fellows” as full-time paid staffers, just weeks after the Guardian revealed that the presidential frontrunner’s campaign was using experienced political operatives as unpaid interns. The Clinton campaign is adding 20 full-time field organizers in Iowa, seeking to increase her presence and rally Democrats in the crucial caucus state, which she visited on Tuesday as her team acknowledged fears of...
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Should Political Campaigns Stop Using Free Labor?

Carolyn Osorio, who graduated from Pratt Institute in 2013, seems to be a one-woman weapon against the axiom of apathetic millennials: She's a young person of political passion. In an op-ed column published Wednesday in USA Today, she describes high-school nights spent sleeping in a Hillary for America t-shirt and tears shed upon Clinton’s concession to Barack Obama. When Clinton announced her intention to seek the presidency in 2016, Osorio practically vaulted on board. “I quickly applied for and was offered a position as a Hillary for America fellow to work on the campaign,” she writes. “I...
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Judges Grapple With Test Under FLSA for Interns

Feb 2, 2015 / Media Coverage /
New York Law Journal—Mark Hamblett Three federal appellate judges grappled Friday over adopting a fresh test to determine whether unpaid interns must be paid as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA). At oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judges Dennis Jacobs (See Profile), Richard Wesley (See Profile) and John Walker (See Profile) appeared dissatisfied with the Department of Labor's test for determining an "employee" under the FLSA, as grafted from a 67-year-old Supreme Court opinion. The arguments centered on a pair of cases with different...
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