The longtime practice of unpaid music industry internships is now under fire. Yesterday an intern filed a class-action lawsuit against Warner Music Group and Atlantic Records over his and other unpaid internship. The fling is similar to recent lawsuits in publishing, film and other industries, with recent court rulings generally unfavorable of the practice.
So far, Warner Music Group has failed to comment.
The lawsuit alleges that there was no academic component to the internship, as is required by law. The suit claims that the intern, Justin Henry, often was required to work more than 40 hours a week without overtime wages.
While Henry is thus far the only plaintiff, the suit was filed as a class action case, welcoming others in a similar position to join.