'Charlie Rose' Settles Class-Action Lawsuit Filed by Show's Interns NY Times
Interns at "Charlie Rose" have settled a class-action lawsuit against the show, with the host and his production company, Charlie Rose Inc., agreing to pay a settlement of up to $250,000, reports The New York Times' Media Decoder.
The settlement means that many of the interns will receive about $1,100 each, or $110 a week in back pay, up to a maximum of 10 weeks, the story says.
Lucy Bickerton, the main plaintiff, said she wasn't paid when she worked 25 hours a week for "Charlie Rose" from June through August 2007. The settlement is "a really important moment for this movement against unpaid internships," Bickerton said.
Similar lawsuits about unpaid internships have been filed against Hearst Corp. and Fox Entertainment. Both have denied they failed to comply with wage and hour concerning with their interns, the story adds.
According to the settlement agreement, Charlie Rose and his company "do not admit any liability or wrongdoing” and they agreed “solely for the purpose of avoiding the costs and disruption of ongoing litigation and to settle all claims," the piece notes.