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NBCU Slapped With Latest Intern Lawsuit

Jul 3, 2013 / Media Coverage /
deadline.com—Dominic Patten A former Saturday Night Live intern and a former MSNBC intern are the latest unpaid workers to take to the courts. Monet Eliastam and Jesse Moore filed a proposed class action complaint today against NBCUniversal in federal court in New York. “By misclassifying Plaintiffs and hundreds of workers as unpaid or underpaid interns, NBCUniversal has denied them the benefits that the law affords to employees, including unemployment, workers’ compensation insurance, social security contributions, and, most crucially, the right to earn a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s...
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2nd Circ. To Hear Hearst Interns' Class Cert Appeal

Jul 1, 2013 / Media Coverage /
Law360—Abigail Rubenstein A New York federal judge gave the green light to former unpaid interns bringing a wage-and-hour suit against Hearst Corp. to appeal his ruling denying them class certification, saying the Second Circuit could also provide clarity for other pending intern suits. U.S. District Judge Harold Baer granted a bid by former interns Xuedan Wang and Erin Spencer to certify for interlocutory appeal his May 7 ruling refusing to certify a class on their New York Labor Law and denying them partial summary judgment on the question of whether they qualified as “employees” under...
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PBS' Charlie Rose Settles with Unpaid Interns as Lawsuits Spread

Jul 1, 2013 / Media Coverage /
Reuters—Amanda Becker PBS talk show host Charlie Rose and his production company will pay roughly $110,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by former unpaid interns, under an agreement approved by a New York state judge. The victory, another win on the wages front for interns, comes amid a wave of lawsuits that followed a June 11 ruling by a federal judge in Manhattan that former production interns for the 2010 film "Black Swan" were de facto employees of Fox Searchlight Pictures. In the so-called glamour industries of film, publishing and other media, unpaid internships are standard. The cost-...
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Charlie Rose Settlement With Unpaid Interns Approved

Jun 28, 2013 / Media Coverage /
Law360—Eric Hornbeck A New York state judge approved a class action settlement on Friday for PBS television host Charlie Rose's unpaid interns, who were represented by the same law firm that won an influential federal court ruling for unpaid interns earlier this month. Judge O. Peter Sherwood approved the unopposed $250,000 settlement, which was provisionally approved in December, over alleged violations of New York's minimum wage requirements during a fairness hearing in his downtown Manhattan courtroom. "The court finds that the settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate, and under those...
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Hearst to 2nd Circuit: Clarify intern issue

Jun 18, 2013 / Media Coverage /
thomsonreuters.com—Carlyn Kolker The law governing unpaid interns has become so murky that even a victorious party in a current case is hoping an appeals court will weigh in to clarify it. In the past two months, two judges in the Southern District of New York have issued opposing rulings on the topic of unpaid interns. On June 11, U.S. District Judge William Pauley ruled in a summary judgment motion that interns suing film company Fox Searchlight were employees. A month earlier, U.S. District Judge Harold Baer declined to make a similar determination, ruling that the issue of whether interns...
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You Don't Have To Be An Unpaid Intern

Jun 18, 2013 / Media Coverage /
CNN—Alex Footman In the fall of 2011, I was living at home in a suburb of Washington, freelancing as a grip on local productions ranging from news to corporate videos. It had been two years since I began a six-month internship in the Midtown Manhattan production office of "Black Swan," the only feature film I have worked on to date, when I received a call from my old co-worker Eric Glatt. At first, I was surprised to hear from him. We had hit it off as fellow interns from the start. We went to the same university and shared a common interest in documentary film. But I left New York in 2010...
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Video: Landmark Ruling Rules Out Unpaid Internships

Jun 14, 2013 / Media Coverage /
MSNBC—Chris Hayes Outten & Golden partner Rachel Bien appeared on MSNBC's All in with Chris Hayes, along side plaintiff Eric Glatt to discuss the the recent District Court ruling. A U.S. District Court Judge ruled in favor of interns and against Fox Searchlight Pictures because the intern's work on the movie "Black Swan" was that of an employee who should be compensated under the law and the Judge also certified a class action lawsuit. Chris Hayes talks with one of the plaintiffs in the case, his lawyer, and a labor expert on how this case could change the status of the intern class in...
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Is The Unpaid Internship Dead?

Jun 14, 2013 / Media Coverage /
forbes.com—Susan Adams Headlines this week about a federal judge’s ruling in an unpaid internship case are shining a light on the murky, confusing world of internships and making it clear that in most cases the law requires private employers to pay a minimum wage, even if the interns have voluntarily signed on to work for little or no money. On Tuesday a federal judge in New York ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures broke federal labor law and New York state minimum wage laws when it employed two production interns, Eric Glatt and Alexander Footman, on the film Black Swan, for no pay. Like...
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Letter to the Editor, New York Times: Unpaid Internships

Jun 14, 2013 / Media Coverage /
The New York Times An unpaid internship the summer after freshman year of college was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. I developed useful skills, built my résumé and learned I loved working for nonprofit public interest groups. Because of that summer, I applaud Judge William H. Pauley III’s decision that interns who are treated like regular workers must be paid minimum wage (“Judge Rules That Movie Studio Should Have Been Paying Interns,” Business Day, June 12). I could take terrific internships because my parents were wealthy and generous enough to support me while I worked...
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More Unpaid Interns File Lawsuits Against Employers for Pay

Jun 14, 2013 / Media Coverage /
latimes.com—Alana Semuels They’re a staple of tens of thousands of offices during the summer time – the lowly intern, asked to make coffee and shuffle mail for little to no pay, all for a line to add to their resume. But the unpaid internship is under assault, at least in New York, where employment lawyers are filing lawsuit after lawsuit against media companies over unpaid internships – and winning. Days after a New York judge ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated labor laws after using unpaid interns to do menial tasks on the movie “Black Swan,” two interns have filed a lawsuit...
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