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Fox Searchlight Loses Key Ruling In Intern Labor Lawsuit

Jun 12, 2013 / Media Coverage /
latimes.com—Daniel Miller Fox Searchlight Pictures has lost a key ruling in its long-running legal fight with former interns who worked on 2010's "Black Swan" and other movie productions. U.S. District Judge William Pauley issued a summary judgment on Tuesday in New York, saying Fox Searchlight violated minimum wage laws by not paying interns. The judge also certified a class action for interns who worked for Fox Entertainment Group, the parent of Fox Searchlight. The matter stems from a September 2011 lawsuit filed by former interns Eric Glatt and Andrew Footman, who alleged they performed...
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Court Rules Fox Should Have Paid Black Swan Interns Who Were Treated Like ‘Regular Employees’

Jun 12, 2013 / Media Coverage /
dailymail.co.uk—Daily Mail Reporter A judge has ruled in favor of two interns who worked for an Oscar-winning film and filed suit against the film’s production company claiming it violated labor laws by not paying them. Judge William H. Pauley III of Manhattan Federal District Court ruled Tuesday that Alex Footman and Eric Glatt should have been paid like regular employees because they did the same work as regular employees. According to the judge, the internship on the set of Black Swan was not educational and merely served the benefit of Fox Searchlight Pictures by offering them free labor...
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Unpaid Fox Interns Get Class Action Status

Jun 12, 2013 / Media Coverage /
americanlawyer.com—Julie Triedman As interns flood the summer work force once again, a federal judge in New York has just given them something to cheer about. In an unprecedented ruling, U.S. District Judge William Pauley III in Manhattan found that unpaid interns at various Fox subsidiaries should be considered employees under 2010 guidelines drafted by the U.S. Department of Labor, entitling them to compensation under federal and state labor laws. Rejecting various defense arguments put forward by Fox's lawyers at Proskauer Rose, Pauley granted certification of a class of interns seeking...
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Interns Win Key Ruling Against Fox Searchlight In ‘Black Swan’ Lawsuit; Studio Says It Will Seek Reversal

Jun 11, 2013 / Media Coverage /
deadline.com—Dominic Patten Two former Black Swan interns today got a big legal boost in their favor against Fox Searchlight. In a dense order issued Tuesday a federal judge in New York granted Alex Footman and Eric Glatt a summary judgment (read it here) saying that they were in fact treated as Fox employees in their internship under the definitions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law. Perhaps more importantly for Hollywood at large, Judge William Pauley III also certified a class action that will look at the way the intern programs at Fox really work and do they actually...
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Interns Win Huge Victory in Labor Lawsuit Against Fox

Jun 11, 2013 / Media Coverage /
The Hollywood Reporter—Eriq Gardner In a ruling that is likely to be well read throughout Hollywood and maybe corporate America at large, a federal judge on Tuesday has handed a couple of the interns suing Fox Searchlight a victory on summary judgment and also certified a class action over the internship programs of Fox Entertainment Group. The lawsuit was first brought in late 2011 by two interns -- Alex Footman and Eric Glatt -- who both worked on Fox Searchlight's Black Swan and claimed that the company's unpaid internship program violated minimum wage and overtime laws. Read the ruling...
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Judge Rules That Movie Studio Should Have Been Paying Interns

Jun 11, 2013 / Media Coverage /
New York Times—Steven Greenhouse A Federal District Court judge in Manhattan ruled on Tuesday that Fox Searchlight Pictures had violated federal and New York minimum wage laws by not paying production interns, a case that could upend the long-held practice of the film industry and other businesses that rely heavily on unpaid internships. In the decision, Judge William H. Pauley III ruled that Fox Searchlight should have paid two interns on the movie “Black Swan,” because they were essentially regular employees. The judge noted that these internships did not foster an educational environment...
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Unpaid Hearst Interns Seek Class Cert. In FLSA Dispute

Mar 10, 2013 / Media Coverage /
Law360—Scott Flaherty A group of former Hearst Corp. interns urged a New York federal court Monday to grant class certification in a suit alleging that the magazine publisher violated labor laws by using interns as cheap fill-ins for gaps in its workforce. The interns, who allege Hearst's internship policies run afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law, filed a motion for class certification under the NYLL. A federal judge previously granted conditional certification to the Hearst interns under the FLSA, according to a memorandum filed in support of Monday's NYLL class...
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Hearst Blocking Efforts To Build Class, Unpaid Interns Say

Feb 27, 2013 / Media Coverage /
Law360—Bill Donahue A former unpaid intern who claims Hearst Corp.'s intern policies violated federal labor law accused the magazine publisher on Tuesday of dragging its feet in turning over contact information for possible class members and actively impeding the notice process. Xuedan Wang won conditional certification last year on her claim that Hearst ran afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay magazine interns for entry-level work, entitling her to begin notifying other interns — potential opt-in plaintiffs — of her lawsuit, filed in New York federal court. But on Tuesday...
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Audio: The End of Unpaid Internships? — Eric Glatt interviewed by John Hockenberry on The Takeaway

Feb 13, 2013 / Media Coverage /
Unpaid accounting intern on the film “Black Swan,” Eric Glatt is interviewed by John Hockenberry on The Takeaway . It has become an American white collar tradition. While most young people work menial jobs in restaurants and shops, those who can afford to work without pay pursue internships in coveted fields like publishing, media, and government. The hope, of course, is to get one’s foot in the door, and maybe learn a little bit along the way. But after months of working as an unpaid accounting intern on the film “Black Swan,” Eric Glatt came to believe something was terribly wrong with the...
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Jobs Few, Grads Flock to Unpaid Internships

Dec 20, 2012 / Media Coverage /
The New York Times—Steven Greenhouse Confronting the worst job market in decades, many college graduates who expected to land paid jobs are turning to unpaid internships to try to get a foot in an employer’s door. While unpaid postcollege internships have long existed in the film and nonprofit worlds, they have recently spread to fashion houses, book and magazine publishers, marketing companies, public relations firms, art galleries, talent agencies — even to some law firms. Melissa Reyes, who graduated from Marist College with a degree in fashion merchandising last May, applied for a dozen...
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