Are Unpaid Internships Legal?

Updating a story we brought you earlier this year, NBCUniversal has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing it of wage and overtime theft from interns working on shows like “Saturday Night Live”. daily time record

Remember, in California, several corporations have been fined or sued recently for not paying workers they considered interns.

According to Reuters, the lawsuit was settled for $6.4 million. The interns claimed that NBCUniversal violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state laws in New York, California and Connecticut by classifying them improperly as “non-employee interns.”

The settlement needs to be approved by a U.S. District Court in Manhattan. The average plaintiff will receive about $505, according to Reuters. As part of the agreement, NBCUniversal denied wrongdoing.

It should be noted that the lawsuit was filed after a groundbreaking 2013 case involving interns who worked on the 2010 movie “Black Swan”. In that case, a judge ruled that Twenty-First Century Fox Inc’s Fox Searchlight Pictures should have paid two interns.

Many legal experts said that the “Black Swan” case set precedence when it comes to legal challenges over internship payments.

Who Should I Talk to About My Unpaid Internship?

If you have questions about your internship payment, you should speak to our employment lawyers. Remember, if you are an unpaid intern, your internship should provide you with training and be beneficial to your future. You should not be performing tasks that other employees perform due to vacancies or illnesses.

Additionally, in California, businesses must submit an outline of the proposed internship to the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) before it allows an intern to work.

Contact our employment attorneys in Los Angeles if you suspect that an employer is taking advantage of your internship.

Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys