According to The Hollywood Reporter (10/10/12), a New York federal judge has granted class-action status to the lawsuit, which was initially filed by two interns who worked on Black Swan. Those interns worked on the movie for Fox Searchlight, but lawyers allege practices at Searchlight are consistent with those across Fox's internship programs.
The lawsuit alleges Fox violated minimum wage and overtime laws in its running of the internship program. The lawsuit alleges interns were not paid for their work but were considered employees under workers' compensation laws and they were required to sign confidentiality agreements. In 2010, Fox reportedly began paying interns $8 an hour.
Meanwhile, a different New York overtime lawsuit will reportedly be settled. The lawsuit was filed against Family Dollar and alleges the company failed to pay 1,700 store managers overtime. Although the settlement has not been finalized it could cost up to $14 million, the Charlotte Observer (9/13/12) reports.
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A spokesperson for Family Dollar said it believes employees were properly compensated for all hours worked. Previously, Family Dollar paid more than $30 million to employees in Alabama who also claimed they were not properly compensated for overtime hours worked.
A settlement has also been reached in a lawsuit against Del Posto, a restaurant owned by Mario Batali. According to The Huffington Post, the lawsuit alleged workers were denied tips and overtime. There were also allegations of discrimination. As part of the settlement, plaintiffs will share $1.15 million and paid vacation and sick days.
Del Posto denied the allegations.