Unpaid interns across the country are recovering significant settlements. The latest news of a settlement broke today. According to 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.
This settlement would cover roughly 12,500 interns, and is pending approval by the court. Although these claims are increasingly common elsewhere, they seem to be just getting started in Texas.
Folks who work or have worked as unpaid interns may be able to sue for back wages, liquidated damages of twice their back wages, unpaid overtime, and the attorneys’ fees incurred exercising their right to be paid a fair wage.
But, the law has strict deadlines, and every week that goes by could mean lost claims, so do not delay in determining whether your rights have been violated.