Overworked, Underpaid, Illegal?
Intern class action lawsuits like those in New York involving Fox and Hearst could spread to California as Hollywood still thrives on young, free labor.
Internships long have been considered a rite of passage in Hollywood. From recruiting audience members for tapings to performing secretarial work in production offices, young people seeking a foot in the door have been willing to sign up for long hours and little or no pay. At the same time, some entertainment industry employers have counted on unpaid interns for free labor. But that could be starting to change.
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