Ari Emanuel’s William Morris Endeavor, a Hollywood talent agency, pays its interns, but now the company is in legal hot water because the company it acquired, IMG Worldwide, has not been giving its hires a fair wage, at least according to a recent lawsuit as Deadline Hollywood reports.
The class action suit is headed by Richard Carden, and claims that IMG employed people in New York, improperly listed then as interns, and gave them little or no compensation. Carden claims he worked for IMG from June 2011 to July 2011, and during that time, he received no compensation, aside from $400 at the end of his time there, although he had regularly put in 40 hour weeks. Carden also said he had received no academic of vocational training.
There have been a spate of similar lawsuits, including interns who pulled their lawsuit against David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants and another suit against Lionsgate.
CEO of William Morris Ari Emanuel may take heart that the lawyers representing Carden are the same who represented the plaintiffs in the Worldwide Pants case. The plaintiffs retracted their complaint and said it was “lawsuit hungry lawyers, ” that pressured the lawsuit.