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Charlie Rose Class Action Litigation

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 return claim forms. If you are a former Charlie Rose intern, please fill out our questionnaire to ensure you receive a copy of the notice and claim form, if the settlement is approved.

The class action, Bickerton v. Rose, No. 650780/2012, was filed on March 14, 2012 by former intern, Lucy Bickerton. She alleged that she regularly worked at least 25 hours per week without pay while interning for The Charlie Rose show in 2007. As an intern, Ms. Bickerton alleged that her responsibilities included performing daily background research from print and online sources to prepare Mr. Rose for guest interviews, assembling press packets, escorting guests through the studio, breaking down the set after filming, and cleaning up the green room.

Case Documents

Charlie Rose Summons and Complaint

Mar 14, 2012

Lucy Bickerton v. Charlie Rose and Charlie Rose, Inc.

Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act

Apr 1, 2010
This fact sheet provides general information to help determine whether interns must be paid the minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act for the services that they provide to “for-profit” private sector employers.

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