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'Black Swan' Intern Lawsuit Proceeds, Striking Blow Against Unpaid Labor In Film

Dec 20, 2012 / Media Coverage /
Huffington Post—Joe Satran Former "Black Swan" interns Eric Glatt and Alexander Footman won a small skirmish in their court battle with Fox Searchlight this morning when Judge William H. Pauley III allowed them to file a motion to amend their suit to expand the plaintiff class to include everyone who has worked as an unpaid intern at Fox Entertainment Group for the past several years. Elizabeth Wagoner, an attorney with Outten and Golden, the firm representing the plaintiffs, told The Huffington Post that Pauley set the deadline for the motion at Sept. 5, and that he said he would rule on it...
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Fox's Entire Internship Program Now Under Legal Attack (Exclusive)

Dec 20, 2012 / Media Coverage /
Hollywood Reporter—Eriq Gardner Lawyers want to expand the scope of a lawsuit originally brought by interns who had worked on "Black Swan." A class-action lawsuit that takes issue with internships at Fox Entertainment is becoming a lot bigger. Last fall, two interns who worked on Black Swan sued Fox Searchlight, claiming that the company's unpaid internship program violated minimum wage and overtime laws. The plaintiffs now are seeking the opportunity to file an amended lawsuit that will "broaden the scope of the case to include all interns who participated in Fox Entertainment Group's...
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A Nation of Illegal Interns

Dec 20, 2012 / Media Coverage /
Written by Eric Glatt, 11 Sep 2012, published in: CityWords It's time we ditched the term "internship." The word's greatest value to employers resides in its vagueness. Take, for example, the production of the film Black Swan, for which I worked as an accounting clerk and a post-production assistant, but for which I was not paid wages. Why not? Because I, like scores of other workers on that film, was a relative newcomer to the industry. And being a newcomer to the film industry often means doing unpaid work, an illegal arrangement camouflaged behind the term "internship" — a term the movie...
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‘Charlie Rose’ Show Agrees to Pay Up to $250,000 to Settle Interns’ Lawsuit

Dec 20, 2012 / Media Coverage /
New York Times—Steven Greenhouse Charlie Rose and his production company have agreed to pay as much as $250,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by a former unpaid intern who claimed minimum wage violations. Under the settlement, Mr. Rose and his production company, Charlie Rose Inc., will pay back wages to a potential class of 189 interns. The settlement calls for the interns to receive generally $1,100 each — $110 a week in back pay, up to a maximum of 10 weeks, the approximate length of a school semester. The main plaintiff was Lucy Bickerton, who said she was not paid when she...
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O&G Announces Settlement in Charlie Rose Case

Dec 20, 2012 / Media Coverage /
Talk show host Charlie Rose has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of unpaid interns, as detailed in a settlement agreement that Outten & Golden LLP filed in New York Supreme Court on December 18, 2012. The settlement provides for a substantial payment to the approximately 190 unpaid interns who worked on Mr. Rose’s PBS talk show, “The Charlie Rose Show,” between March 14, 2006 and October 1, 2012. The settlement is not yet final because it must first be approved by the Court. If the Court approves the settlement, settlement awards will be mailed to all interns who...
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Seeking Chic, Brilliant Intern to Thread Needles (No Pay)

Sep 15, 2012 / Media Coverage /
The New York TImes—Ginia Bellafante In February, Xuedan Wang, a 2010 graduate of Ohio University, received modest attention after she filed a lawsuit against the Hearst Corporation claiming that the company violated labor laws when it did not pay her for the work she had done as an intern at Harper’s Bazaar, one of its magazines, over four months last year. Speaking to New York magazine last week, on the occasion of Fashion Week, Ms. Wang, who goes by Diana, explained that she had spent more than half of her life dreaming of Bazaar and approximately 12 months working at a pharmaceutical...
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The Norma Rae of Fashion Interns

Sep 11, 2012 / Media Coverage /
New York Magazine—Kayleen Schaefer Last fall, Diana Wang was named “head accessories intern” at Harper’s Bazaar.“I’d been dreaming of standing in their offices for fifteen years,” she says. “I was so ready to give everything I had. I couldn’t imagine that the dream of mine was becoming real.” At 27, she was older than the average magazine intern. After graduating from Ohio State in 2010, Diana spent a year working for a pharmaceutical company in Columbus, Ohio, saving up so she could afford to live in New York as an unpaid intern — a gig she’d heard was a necessary first step to getting a job...
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Exclusive Ed Interview: Diana Wang, the Intern Muckraker?

Jul 2, 2012 / Media Coverage /
ed2010.com—Gennifer Delman Ed: What do you want to happen as a result of this case? Xuedan “Diana” Wang: I really hope that the lawsuit would regulate what the employer allows the intern to do task-wise and the hours interns work. There has been no oversight or regulation about those types of issues with internships. Every other kind of employment that I can think of has some laws or regulation in terms of what is okay in terms of hours, minimum wage. [That’s $7.25 an hour in New York, btw — Ed] Ed: How will this case affect the magazine industry? Wang’s Lawyer Elizabeth Wagoner : What I...
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Video: EPI’s work on unpaid internships (Stephen Colbert)

EPI.org and Steven Colbert/Comedy Central O n Tuesday, Feb. 28, Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Colbert Report , welcomed EPI vice president Ross Eisenbrey to discuss the proliferation of unpaid interns in the workforce. In an entertaining exchange, Eisenbrey talked about the law and economics of unpaid internships: Ross Eisenbrey believes that everyone—from interns to college athletes—should be paid for working for someone else's financial benefit. (6:04)
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