Alex Footman and Eric Glatt filed a lawsuit in a New York court on Wednesday (28Sep11) taking aim at executives of Fox Searchlight Pictures, alleging they were taken on as interns but ended up covering duties which should have been undertaken by paid employees.
The lawsuit states, "Fox Searchlight's unpaid interns are a crucial labour force on its productions, functioning as production assistants and bookkeepers and performing secretarial and janitorial work. In misclassifying many of its workers as unpaid interns, Fox Searchlight has denied them the benefits that the law affords to employees."
Footman, a 24-year-old film studies graduate, tells the New York Times, "The only thing I learned on this internship was to be more picky in choosing employment opportunities. Black Swan had more than $300 million in revenues. If they paid us, it wouldn't make a big difference to them, but it would make a huge difference to us."
Fox Searchlight spokesman Russell Nelson says, "We just learned of this litigation and have not had a chance to review it so we cannot make any comment at this time."
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Two guys who were hired to be interns on the set of Black Swan are now suing Fox Searchlight because they were asked to perform intern duties on the set of Black Swan. Alex Footman and Eric Glatt claim the studio did not give them any assignments other aside from "preparing coffee for the production office, ensuring that the coffee pot was full, taking and distributing lunch orders for the production staff, taking out the trash and cleaning the office." Footman is currently in the process of trying to convince other interns to follow his lead and join the cause, but he found time to tell The New York Times, "The only thing I learned on this internship was to be more picky in choosing employment opportunities." Yeah, okay. GOOD ONE INTERN. - NYT
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