The talk show "Charlie Rose" has been hit with a lawsuit from a former unpaid intern, who is accusing Rose and his production company of violating New York state wage laws, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder.
The lawsuit was filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan by Lucy Bickerton, who complained she wasn’t paid for the 25-hour weeks she worked from June to August 2007, the story notes. She and her legal team from the law firm Outten & Golden want to bring the lawsuit as a class action on behalf of all of the show’s unpaid interns since early 2006, the piece adds.
"Central to the show’s lean production are the substantial number of unpaid interns who work on the ‘Charlie Rose’ show each day, but are paid no wages,” according to the lawsuit.
An attorney for Charlie Rose Inc. said, "We are confident that Charlie Rose Inc.’s employment practices are appropriate," the story adds.
The lawsuit seeks to take on the practice of using unpaid interns, the article points out.
"Employers’ failure to compensate interns for their work, and the prevalence of the practice nationwide, curtails opportunities for employment, fosters class divisions between those who can afford to work for no wage and those who cannot, and indirectly contributes to rising unemployment," the lawsuit states.