(From Reuters:) Viacom Inc. agreed to pay $7.21 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by thousands of former interns who said the owner of Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon did not pay them, despite their having done work similar to paid employees.
The settlement disclosed on Wednesday night in Manhattan federal court covers roughly 12,500 former interns, and requires court approval.
It is among the largest settlements by companies, including many in the media industry, that have been sued since 2013 by interns who claim they were not paid, or were paid less than minimum wage, in violation of federal and state labor laws. ...
From time to time, the Animation Guild has run across signator studios with unpaid interns performing covered production work. Happily, it hasn't happened recently, and it hasn't happened at most larger studios.
Occasionally, however, an over-ambitious production person attempts to squeeze the turnip until juice flows out. It's a story as old as civilization.