The two interns who filed a class action lawsuit against Fox Searchlight are trying to amend the lawsuit to “broaden the scope of the case to include all interns who participated in Fox Entertainment Group’s internship program.”
The Hollywood Reporter writes that a court filing says that an investigation “shows that the same hiring, personnel and company policies that applied to Searchlight interns applied to all interns who participated in FEG’s internship program.”
According to the plaintiffs, the interns hired to work at 20th Century Fox and other FEG units up until July 2010 were not paid, though they had to sign confidentiality agreements, fill out I-9 forms, and were designated “employees” for coverage under the law for workers compensation. The original class action said, “Fox Searchlight’s unpaid interns are a crucial labor force on its productions, functioning as production assistants and bookkeepers and performing secretarial and janitorial work…In misclassifying many of its workers as unpaid interns, Fox Searchlight has denied them the benefits that the law affords to employees.”
Legal documents say that FEG changed its policy in July 2010 to include paying all interns $8.00 an hour.
The plaintiffs seek to expand the current lawsuit and to form two classes of interns, including “corporate interns” and “production interns.” A hearing is scheduled for August 24 regarding the lawsuit expansion.