On Tuesday of this week, a New York federal judge approved a class action lawsuit against Warner Music Groups. The suit, which potentially involves over 3,000 interns, alleges labor law violations by the the music giant. It was filed last year by former Warner Music Group intern Kyle Grant.
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Legal documents of the the lawsuit state that the during Grant's internship "his duties primarily consisted of answering telephones, making photocopies, making deliveries, creating lists, preparing coffee, getting lunch for paid employees, running personal errands for paid employees, and other similar duties."
It goes on to allege that "defendants did not provide academic or vocational training to Plaintiff of members of the putative collective".
According to most labor laws, internships should provide some sort of job training and/educational benefit. Otherwise, the interns should be classified as employees and be compensated as such.
Recently, several large corporations, including NBCUniversal, Conde Nast, the Hearst Corporation and Fox Searchlight, have been sued by interns in similar cases.
Source:Digital Music News