On Monday, a former Atlantic Records intern named Justin Henry brought a proposed class action lawsuit on behalf of himself and others similarly situated against the Warner Music Group. The complaint filed in New York Supreme Court seeks to recover claimed unpaid minimum wages and overtime wages for a class that's believed to be greater than 100 individuals.
The lawsuit comes less than a week since a federal judge in New York ruled that two interns who worked on Fox Searchlight's Black Swan were classified improperly as unpaid interns and were really "employees" covered by federal labor laws. That New York judge also certified a class action against the Fox Entertainment Group. Since the ruling, there's been a proposed class action filed against Conde Nast publications, and now this new lawsuit -- what the plaintiffs are touting as the first to be filed against the music industry business.
Henry says he worked at WMG subsidiary Atlantic Recording Corp. between October, 2007 and May, 2008. According to the complaint, he typically worked five days each week from 10 a.m. until 5 or 6 p.m., but was sometimes required to stay later.