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DOL Says Judge Dropped Ball In Hearst Intern Wage Row

Jul 9, 2013 / Media Coverage /
Law360—Ben James A district court judge used the wrong test for determining who qualifies as an “employee” under wage-and-hour law when he denied class certification to Hearst Corp.'s former unpaid interns, the U.S. Department of Labor told the Second Circuit on Friday. The DOL lodged an amicus brief at the appeals court in support of the plaintiffs, who are challenging U.S. District Judge Harold Baer's May decision denying class certification on their New York Labor Law claims and rejecting their bid for summary judgment on their status as “employees” under the Fair Labor Standards Act and...
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Former 'Saturday Night Live' and MSNBC Interns Sue NBC Universal

Jul 3, 2013 / Media Coverage /
adage.com—Michael Sebastian Former interns at "Saturday Night Live" and MSNBC have filed a proposed class action lawsuit against NBC Universal, claiming the company violated minimum wage laws by not paying them for work. Jesse Moore, a former intern in the MSNBC bookings department, worked 24 or more hours a week without pay from September 2011 through that November, according to the complaint. Monet Eliastam worked 25 or more hours a week at "Saturday Night Live" from January 2012 through that May, and again from September through December of that year. * * * The lawsuit, which seeks back...
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NBCUniversal Sued by Former 'Saturday Night Live' and MSNBC Interns

Jul 3, 2013 / Media Coverage /
thewrap.com—Pamela Chelin NBCUniversal Inc. is the latest media giant on the receiving end of an intern-feuled class action complaint. Attorneys Outten & Golden LLP filed the document Wednesday in New York Federal court, alleging that NBCUniversal violated federal Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law. The complaint was filed on behalf of two former interns, Jesse Moore and Monet Eliastam. "This case is similar to others than we've filed in that it highlights the predominance of unpaid work in the media industry," one of their attorneys, Juno Turner told TheWrap. "Our clients,...
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Unpaid Interns Are Suing MSNBC and SNL

Jul 3, 2013 / Media Coverage /
theatlanticwire.com—Rebecca Greenfield After two former unpaid Black Swan interns got a judge to rule in their favor, the intern lawsuits have been flowing like water, with NBC Universal the latest to be internsued. The two plaintiffs named in the case, Jesse Moore and Monet Eliastam, say they worked without pay for MSNBC and on Saturday Night Live, respectively, but it looks like the case is seeking to build a class action for all unpaid interns across the media conglomerate and say they are seeking at least $5 million in back pay, reports The Hollywood Reporter. They are represented by the...
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MSNBC Intern Sues NBC Universal

Jul 3, 2013 / Media Coverage /
Huffington Post— NBC Universal is the latest media company to get sued by former unpaid interns. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC Universal was sued by former MSNBC intern Jesse Moore, who worked in the cable network's booking department in 2011. * * * The legal action is the latest in a string of lawsuits filed against major media companies by former unpaid interns. Earlier this week, Charlie Rose's production company paid $110,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by former unpaid interns. In June, a Manhattan judge ruled that former interns on the set of the movie "Black Swan" were de...
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Former MSNBC and 'Saturday Night Live' Interns Target NBCUniversal in Lawsuit

Jul 3, 2013 / Media Coverage /
Hollywood Reporter—by Eriq Gardner The latest is a proposed class action against NBCUniversal from Jesse Moore, who says he worked 24-hour-or-more weeks in the booking department at MSNBC in 2011, and Monet Eliastam, who says she worked 25-hour-or-more weeks on the staff of Saturday Night Live in 2012. They are being represented by Outten & Golden, the same law firm that represented two former Black Swan interns in a summary judgment win against Fox Searchlight last month. According to the complaint, “By misclassifying Plaintiffs and hundreds of workers as unpaid or underpaid interns,...
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Outten & Golden LLP: NBCUniversal Violates Labor Laws with Interns

Jul 3, 2013 / Press Release /
PRNewswire—Outten & Golden LLP NBCUniversal Inc., one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies, illegally employs hundreds of interns in violation of federal and state labor laws, Outten & Golden LLP alleged today in New York federal court. The class action complaint, filed on behalf of former interns Jesse Moore and Monet Eliastam, accus-es NBCUniversal of failing to pay interns proper wages required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the New York Labor Law (NYLL). According to the complaint, “By misclassifying Plaintiffs and hundreds of workers as...
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Two Former Saturday Night Live, MSNBC Interns Suing NBC Universal

Jul 3, 2013 / Media Coverage /
New York Daily News—Barbara Ross and Daniel Beekman Live from New York, it’s another internship lawsuit. Two former Saturday Night Live and MSNBC interns are suing NBC Universal, claiming they worked just like regular employees but received no pay. NBC Universal is the latest media company to face an internship lawsuit, with Gawker, Conde Nast and others also under fire. “Unpaid and underpaid interns are becoming the modern-day equivalent of entry-level employees, except that employers are not paying them or underpaying them,” according to the Manhattan Federal Court class action lawsuit...
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NBCUniversal Hit With Unpaid Intern Class Action

Jul 3, 2013 / Media Coverage /
Law360—Matthew Heller A recent wave of putative wage-and-hour class actions against media and entertainment companies over unpaid internships continued Wednesday when former interns for MSNBC and “Saturday Night Live” sued NBCUniversal Inc. for allegedly misclassifying them to avoid paying them proper wages. NBCUniversal joins Warner Music Group Corp. and Gawker Media LLC among the companies that have been sued since a New York federal judge ruled June 11 that a Fox Entertainment Group Inc. unit misclassified unpaid coffee-fetching interns who worked on the movie “Black Swan” when it failed...
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Live From New York, Saturday Night Live Intern Sues NBC

Jul 3, 2013 / Media Coverage /
bloomberg.com—Bob Van Voris NBCUniversal was sued in New York by two former interns who claim they should have been paid for their work. Monet Eliastam, a former Saturday Night Live intern, and former MSNBC intern Jesse Moore sued NBC in federal court in Manhattan today claiming unpaid wages. They’re seeking to represent a class of interns who worked for NBC in New York since July 3, 2007. “A key part of NBCUniversal’s success are the hundreds of unpaid or underpaid interns who work for it as production assistants, researchers, and delivery-people, but receive no or very little compensation...
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