Comcast gets slapped with intern lawsuit
The media giant is the latest in its industry to get accused of taking unfair advantage of unpaid labor.
Moore, who worked in MSNBC's bookings department in 2011, and Eliastam, who worked for "Saturday Night Live" in 2012, are the lead plaintiffs in a proposed class action against the Philadelphia-based media giant that accuses it of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York State labor laws, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The suit seeks back pay for the hours worked along with overtime.
NBCUniversal certainly benefited from Moore, who booked guests and researched stories, and Eliastam, who processed paperwork for extras and helped disperse petty cash, the trade publication says. Moore regularly worked 24 hours or more per week, while Eliastam worked 25 hours per week. Internships, though, are supposed to be for the benefit of the intern and aren't supposed to displace regular workers.
Outten and Golden, the law firm that's representing the two former interns, has filed similar suits against "The Charlie Rose Show," Condé Nast, Hearst and Twenty-First Century Fox's (FOXA) Fox Searchlight Pictures, according to Advertising Age. Gawker, the network of gossip sites, has also been sued.
A judge has recently ruled in favor of the interns who worked at Fox Searchlight, and more cases are expected to come.
"Employers' failure to compensate interns for all their work, and the prevalence of that practice nationwide, curtails opportunities for employment, fosters class divisions between those who can afford to work for no wage and those who cannot, and indirectly contributes to rising unemployment," the lawsuit says.
Jonathan Berr does not own shares of the listed stocks. Follow him on Twitter @jdberr.
when they hired on they new it was temp work. and now they want something for nothing. What was the pay? per hour?
temp work is filling in where you are needed.
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