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Condé Nast Interns File Suit Claiming They Were Paid $1 Per Hour

Jun 14, 2013 / Media Coverage /
huffingtonpost.com—Tyler Kingkade A former intern at W Magazine was paid less than $1 dollar an hour, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday against Condé Nast, The New York Times reports. Lauren Ballinger told the Times her summer 2009 internship at Condé Nast's W Magazine was worse than what was depicted in "The Devil Wears Prada," a film about a magazine editor's personal assistant, "because we don't get any makeover in the end." Ballinger claims in the suit that she frequently worked 12-hour days or longer, for a pay of $12 a day in W's accessories and fine jewelry departments. The Times...
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Condé Nast Slapped with Intern Lawsuit

Jun 14, 2013 / Media Coverage /
fashionista.com—Tyler McCall In the midst of Diana Wang’s ongoing lawsuit against Hearst for unpaid intern wages, comes news of another media intern lawsuit–this time against Conde Nast. Two former interns filed suit against Conde Nast on Thursday, alleging that the company failed to pay them minimum wage, the New York Times is reporting. Plaintiffs Lauren Ballinger, who interned at W Magazine, and Matthew Leib, who worked for the The New Yorker, are asking to move forward with a class-action lawsuit. What makes them slightly different from Wang is that each were paid–Ballinger a paltry $12...
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The 'Black Swan' Intern Ruling Could Change Unpaid Internships Forever

Jun 13, 2013 / Media Coverage /
theatlanticwire.com—Rebecca Greenfield The case of the unpaid American intern just got upended — again, and maybe for good: Just a month after one judge dismissed the class-action suit filed by free New York City media interns at Hearst Magazines, another has now granted the Hollywood coffee-fetchers who worked on Black Swan a precedent-setting win, ruling that the two production interns "worked as paid employees" and that Fox Searchlight should have to pay them as such. It's a pivotal decision, says the attorney for the two young men who worked on the Oscar-winning film: "This is the first...
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Federal Judge Rules Unpaid Interns Were Misclassified Employees, Certifies Class Action

Jun 13, 2013 / Media Coverage /
courthousenews.com—Nick Divito Two unpaid interns on the film "Black Swan" were actually Fox Searchlight employees, and a third intern can represent a class, a federal judge ruled. Eric Glatt and Alexander Footman sued Searchlight and its parent company, Fox Entertainment Group, in October 2011 under the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law. * * * Antalik will get to represent a class alleging violation of New York Labor Law, U.S. District Judge William Pauley III ruled Tuesday. The judge also conditionally certified a collective action on Antalik's claims under the federal labor...
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Unpaid Interns Win Major Ruling in ‘Black Swan’ Case — Now What?

Jun 13, 2013 / Media Coverage /
propublica.org—Blair Hickman and Jeremy B. Merrill Yesterday, a federal judge issued the first major ruling on the illegality of unpaid internships in recent years, challenging a rise in corporate reliance on uncompensated workers. Judge William H. Pauley III ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated U.S. and New York minimum wage laws by not paying two production interns for work done on the set of the movie “Black Swan.” Pauley ruled that the interns had essentially completed the work of paid employees – organizing filing cabinets, making photocopies, taking lunch orders, answering...
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Audio: Unpaid No More: Interns Win Major Court Battle

Jun 13, 2013 / Media Coverage /
WNYC—The Takeaway with John Hockenberry A federal court in New York has ruled that a group of interns at Fox Searchlight Pictures should have been paid for their work on the movie Black Swan. The decision may have broad implications for students looking for their first job. Eric Glatt filed the federal lawsuit against Fox. He says everyone always told him taking an unpaid internship was the way to get his foot in the door in the film industry. At Fox, he worked as an unpaid accounting clerk, he says — filing, getting signatures, running checks and handling petty cash — but he was working for...
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Unpaid Interns Win Lawsuit Against Fox Searchlight Pictures

Jun 13, 2013 / Media Coverage /
newworkplace.wordpress.com—David Yamada A federal district court has handed two former unpaid interns for the Fox Searchlight Pictures production of “Black Swan” a big win, holding that the company owes them back wages under U.S. and New York minimum wage and overtime laws. The court also certified a class action for the other unpaid interns working on the production. In Eric Glatt, et al., v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., the Honorable William H. Pauley III, Judge of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, held that Glatt and co-lead plaintiff Alex Footman were employees...
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Are Unpaid Internships Illegal?

Jun 13, 2013 / Media Coverage /
washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog—Dylan Matthews Unpaid internships* are increasingly a fact of life for college students. The National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 55 percent of the class of 2012 had an internship or co-op during their time in college. Almost half of those — 47 percent — were unpaid. A third of internships at for-profit companies were unpaid. Depending on how you look at it, this is either massive exploitation of young people by powerful corporations which worsens inequality, or a valuable opportunity for on-the-job training at lower cost than a degree or...
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Unpaid 'Black Swan' Interns Get Court Victory

Jun 13, 2013 / Media Coverage /
usnews.com—Danielle Kurtzleben The days of doing menial office work for free may soon be in the past. This week, a judge ruled in favor of two former unpaid interns. Judge William H. Pauley III declared that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated the law by not paying former interns Eric Glatt and Andrew Footman. Labor advocates are hoping it will be the start of a sea change in the way employers offer internships. But that shift could be a long time in coming. Glatt and Footman filed suit in 2011 against Fox Searchlight, saying their internships on the production of the 2009 film "Black Swan"...
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Unpaid Internships In Jeopardy After Court Ruling

Jun 13, 2013 / Media Coverage /
Associated Press—Sam Hananel Unpaid internships have long been a path of opportunity for students and recent grads looking to get a foot in the door in the entertainment, publishing and other prominent industries, even if it takes a generous subsidy from Mom and Dad. But those days of working for free could be numbered after a federal judge in New York ruled this week that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated minimum wage and overtime laws by not paying interns who worked on production of the 2010 movie "Black Swan." The decision by U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III may lead some...
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