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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Black Swan's Intern Problem



A while back, I wrote about how the movie Black Swan was filled with employment law lessons. (Black Swan: A Message to Employers).  Now, it may offer even more. David Yamada at Minding the Workplace posts about a wage and hour issue stemming from the production itself.  Yamada links to a New York Times article which explains that two unpaid interns have filed a claim under New York minimum wage and overtime laws. From the NYT:

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, claims that Fox Searchlight Pictures, the producer of “Black Swan,” had the       interns do menial work that should have been done by paid employees and did not provide them with the type of educational experience that labor rules require in order to exempt employers from paying interns.  

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