*A former intern at “The Wendy Williams Show” is suing its syndicator Lionsgate and producers Debmar-Mercury claiming he and others were made to work like full-time employees, according to Deadline.com.
“Upon information and belief, beginning in or around September 2008, the Defendants maintained a common policy and practice of employing interns on The Wendy Williams Show without compensating them for the work that they performed,” says the potential class action filed by Anthony Tart late last week in federal court in New York.
“Named Plaintiff Tart was hired by Defendants in or about August 2012 and performed various tasks including, but not limited to, washing dishes, getting coffee, picking up art supplies, stocking printers, throwing out garbage, and creating a tape library,” adds the latest media industry legal action brought by former interns.
The 12-page compliant also notes how show interns were provided zero “educational or vocational training” while doing work that full-time employees should have been hired to do. The complaint says this was part of a “corporate policy or practice of minimizing labor costs.”
Claiming to represent over 100 TWWS interns for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, New York’s Minimum Wage Law and Wage Theft Law, Tart’s complaint seeks “an amount to be determined at trial, in the amount equal to the amount of unpaid wages, liquidated damages, interest, attorneys’ fees and costs.”
Tart was at TWWS two full days a week from August to December 2012.