CBS and ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ Class Action Suit by Intern Dropped
An intern, who used to work on the late-night program, “Late Show With David Letterman,” filed a class-action suit against the show, its producers and the network. But in a quick turn of events, the suit was dropped less than a week after it was filed. Read on to learn more about this news story.
“Late Show’s” former intern, Mallory Musallam, has initiated filing a lawsuit against the CBS late-night show and its production. The suit, which was first reported on Deadline, surmised that the show deliberately minimized the cost of labor by assigning interns like her, who are unpaid, to work extra hours instead of hiring more actual employees.
Musallam stated in the suit that she worked for four months on the show, between September to December in 2008, and clocked more than 40 hours a week, where she didn’t receive any salary or academic credits or training. She was apparently asked to do research, fax and scan materials for interviews, as well as operate the switchboard and run errands.
The suit also alluded that the show, its company, Worldwide Pants, which is owned by David Letterman, and the network CBS violated laws governing minimum wage and overtimes. She asked for back pay with interest and attorney fees.
Musallam in her statement said that she was filing “on behalf of all similarly situated employees that also worked on The Late Show with David Letterman.” The class action suit apparently involved 100 other respondents.
But on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, Musallam filed a discontinuance notice in a New York court, according to Deadline, citing she was “coerced” into lodging the complaint in the first place.
CBS, meanwhile, earlier stated that this lawsuit was a part of a trend initiated by class action lawyers against media outfits and the entertainment industry.
“We pride ourselves on providing valuable internship experiences, and we take seriously all of our obligations under relevant labor and employment laws. We intend to vigorously defend against the claims,” said CBS in a statement also published on Deadline.
Now that the suit has been dropped, CBS won’t have to worry about defending it.
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