Unpaid Internships Class Action Investigation
If you worked an unpaid internship in the past four years, even if you received school credit for it, you may be entitled to compensation.
Unpaid internships have been taking the place of entry-level jobs for a long time, so much so that the terms have become practically synonymous. The important difference is that interns are not paid for the many hours they work.
Employers often illegally misclassify employees as “interns” in order to avoid paying at least the minimum wage (and, where applicable, overtime) for all hours worked. Employers’ failure to pay their so-called “interns” is responsible for the reduction of available job opportunities and the growing rift between socio-economic classes.
The United States Department of Labor states that an unpaid internship may only exist as an educational training program in which “interns” do not perform productive work and the employer gains no benefit. If the work done by an intern would have otherwise been performed by employees, the intern performing that work is entitled to compensation under the FLSA.
Why should you work like a slave when you should be getting paid for the good work you are doing? Slavery is illegal, and misclassifying employees as “interns” is too.
Hollywood is rife with unpaid “internship opportunities.” For many, an unpaid internship is the only way to get their foot in the door of an exclusive and unforgiving industry. It often requires performing menial and un-educational tasks such as fetching soup for a boss’s lunch, purchasing and delivering hypoallergenic pillows so a director can be comfortable in the editing room, and even filling up an employer’s gas tank. According to some sources, unpaid “internships” save companies billions of dollars a year in labor costs.
In a recent class action lawsuit against Fox Entertainment Group, Inc. and its divisions, two former interns sued the company for failure to pay minimum wages and overtime. The district court granted the interns’ motion to rule that they were indeed employees protected by federal and state wage and hour laws. The district court also granted the interns’ motion for class certification.
CounselOne, P.C. is committed to fighting for misclassified interns to receive fair compensation for their work.
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