Marvel Entertainment Sued by Unpaid Intern in Class Action Wage Lawsuit

Marvel Entertainment Sued by Unpaid Intern in Class Action Wage Lawsuit

Kenneth Jackson alleges he was “wrongfully” classified and denied “minimum wages” while working for the company

A former intern filed a class action lawsuit against Marvel Entertainment, LLC on Monday in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, claiming he was “wrongfully” classified and unfairly denied “minimum wages” while working for the company.

According to the documents obtained by TheWrap, Kenneth Jackson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, says he worked at Marvel from August 2008 through December of 2008. During that four-month period, Jackson claims the company incorrectly classified him as an intern and now owes him back pay.

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Jackson's motion seeks to “recover unpaid minimum wages owed” and extends to “all similarly situated persons who are presently or formerly employed by Marvel Entertainment, LLC.” The documents claim all of Marvel's New York interns were subjected to the same faulty “employment practices, policies, and procedures” as Jackson, and includes “in excess of 100 individuals.”

The lawsuit says, “during his employment with Marvel, the Named Plaintiff worked from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. five days per week.”

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Jackson is seeking “all compensation, including minimum wages, which [he was] deprived,” as well as court costs and attorneys fees, the documents say. According to New York labor law, its minimum wage structure is as follows: (1) $7.15 per hour on and after January 1, 2007; (2) $7.25 per hour on and after July 24, 2009; (3) $8.00 per hour on and after December 31, 2013; (4) $8.75 per hour on and after December 31, 2014, according to the lawsuit.

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Marvel Entertainment oversees both its Marvel Comics subsidiary and Marvel Studios. In 2009 the Walt Disney Company purchased the company for $4.64 billion dollars.

Marvel Entertainment, Disney and Jackson's attorneys have not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.