Ruling in Lawsuit Against Fox Searchlight

Two interns who worked for Fox Searchlight Pictures have won a key ruling in their lawsuit against the company over allegations that they were improperly moviesclassified as interns and denied pay for their work on the 2010 production of the film “Black Swan.” Eric Glatt and Andrew Footman filed suit in 2011, alleging that the type of work they were asked to perform, including getting lunch for production staff and other menial tasks, did not fit the legal requirements necessary for their status as unpaid interns. U.S. District Judge William Pauley agreed, claiming that the two should have been treated as employees under New York’s labor laws, as well as federal employment regulations. Attorneys for Fox Searchlight have vowed to appeal the decision to the 2nd Court of Appeals.

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3 COMMENTS
  1. ALD Plumbing / 26 Jun 2013

    It is very interesting that the two interns filed suit a year after the fact occurred. I did not realize that was possible.

    -ALD Plumbing

  2. slaterpugh.com / 28 Jun 2013

    I’d like to think that this and future rulings can help to make internships more directly work related. Too many companies take on unpaid interns without giving them any valuable job skills.

    -slaterpugh.com

  3. Ravid & Associates, P.C. / 14 Nov 2013

    Always great to see the little guys win. Let this be a lesson to those who misuse interns as a source of free labor. Internships are supposed to provide educational training. Not sure what a person is learning by fetching coffee for movie industry bigwigs.

    Ravid & Associates, P.C.

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