File under: you'll probably never work in this town again? According to Fox Searchlight, the two 'Black Swan' interns who filed a lawsuit against the studio claiming it violated minimum wage and overtime laws never actually worked for Fox Searchlight. Tiny detail!
Now that we have had a chance to review this suit, it is clear that these are completely meritless claims aimed solely at getting press coverage for the litigants and their attorneys. These interns were not even retained by Fox Searchlight and, in fact, were working for the production company that made 'Black Swan' well before Fox Searchlight even acquired its rights in the film. These individuals were never employed as interns or retained in any capacity by Fox Searchlight, which has a proud history of supporting and fostering productive internships. We look forward to aggressively fighting these groundless, opportunistic accusations.
Oops! For their part, plaintiffs Alex Footman and Eric Glatt are seeking class action status for the lawsuit, which reportedly has over 100 former unpaid interns from Fox Searchlight film productions onboard. Consider this legal mess next time you send an intern to get you Starbucks.
[Photo: Fox Searchlight]
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