Judge: Movie Studio Interns Should Have Been Paid
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

black woman and white man working on computerInterns in various industries and at various companies can have diverse duties and experiences, but according to a judge in New York, one film studio went too far in terms of unpaid interns and their responsibilities.

A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated federal and New York state minimum wage laws by not paying its production interns, the New York Times reports.

Judge William H. Pauley says the studio should have paid two interns on the movie “Black Swan,” because they were being used like regular employees and their internships did not foster a strictly educational environment.

The Times notes that the case could have broad implications, as an increasing number of young people have flocked to internships in a weak job market. According to research by Intern Bridge, undergraduates complete more than 1 million internships annually. An estimated half of those are unpaid.

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Aaron Morrison

Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York area-based multimedia journalist with a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Aaron uses video, audio, photography, the web and social networks to tell captivating stories across all media platforms. Over the last year, Aaron has worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record (Gannett) in northern New Jersey. Before that, he spent the spring of 2010 as the temporary legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press' statehouse bureau in Trenton, N.J. In his down time, Aaron enjoys the company of his friends and extended family. He is a fan of culinary arts and dreams of having a home kitchen so tricked out that Julia Child turns over in her grave.


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