A former unpaid intern at Warner Music Group's Atlantic Records is the latest to bring a class action lawsuit. Former Atlantic Records intern, Justin Henry, filed a complaint in Manhattan's Supreme Court of New York against Warner Music and Atlantic, alleging that he and his fellow unpaid interns were misclassified as interns, as opposed to employees, an as such, should have been paid minimum wages and overtime payment under New York state labor law.
Henry says he was never paid for the work he performed from October 2007 through May 2008, which consisted primarily of administrative office work. According to his complaint, which was filed on Monday, there was no academic or vocational training as part of the internship. The suit further claims Henry routinely worked more than 40 hours a week, but never got any overtime wages. NYC-based Atlantic Records' roster of artists currently includes: Bruno Mars, Gucci Mane, Skrillex, Wiz Khalifa (pictured above), and among others.
This is the music industry's first intern-initiated class action. In a suit filed last week, two former interns, who worked at W Magazine and The New Yorker sued Conde Nast Publications and Advance Publishing for failing to pay them the minimum wage. Fox Searchlight just lost its suit against former Black Swan interns, and prior to that, Hearst Corp. won its battle with a former intern