A former unpaid intern is taking the music giant to court on behalf of all his unpaid intern buddies from 2007 to 2008
A former intern of Warner Music Group Corp. filed a Class Action Complaint Monday in New York County Supreme Court against the company for unpaid wages from Oct. 2007 to May 2008.
Justin Henry — through his attorneys Virginia & Ambinder — is accusing WMG subsidiary Atlantic Recording Corp. of withholding wages from him and other employees beginning in or around June 2007. The suit, obtained by TheWrap, states that WMG has "failed to provide compensation at the statutory minimum wage for all hours worked."
It also accuses the defendant of not providing overtime compensation. The complaint asks for all wages plus interest, unspecified damages, attorneys' fees and costs.
Henry was an unpaid intern at Warner Music Group for roughly seven months during the aforementioned time period. The complaint claims that in his role, Henry would answer telephones, make photocopies and pick up lunch for compensated employees, among other menial tasks. While he regularly worked from 10 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m., Henry was not compensated. In retrospect, he doesn't seem to like that arrangement.
Henry's attorneys contend that WMG misclassified their client (and others) as unpaid interns, but that Henry is actually a covered employee within the meaning of New York Labor Laws. The case assumes that the class size is over 100 individuals and calls for all to join the action.
Warner Music Group did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.