Unpaid Internship Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Unpaid Intern Who Worked on Nickelodeon’s “Alien Dawn”
Plaintiff Kevin Hicks Worked 10-16 Hour Days, Unpaid, on the Production of Nickelodeon’s “Alien Dawn”
Maurice Pianko, attorney and founder of Intern Justice and Jesse Strauss of Strauss Law PLLC filed a federal wage and hour lawsuit against a television production company and the show’s producer for the allegedly illegal use of unpaid labor under the guise of an “internship.” The lawsuit alleges that the producers and the production company of “Alien Dawn,” airing on Nickelodeon, a business unit of Viacom International, Inc., violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and New York State labor laws by failing to pay Plaintiff Kevin Hicks and other interns at least minimum wage for their work. Mr. Hicks and other interns worked 10-16 hour days and in excess of 40 hours per week on Alien Dawn and other productions doing such tasks as moving boxes, driving vans, assembling and painting props, and appearing as extras in scenes.
This is the sixth lawsuit filed via Intern Justice seeking compensation for unpaid interns and other exploited workers. “For too long producers and production companies have used unpaid interns to reduce their production costs, which means that young workers like Kevin Hicks are subsidizing these productions through their free labor” says Maurice Pianko, the founder of Intern Justice. “This practice is wrong. It denies many young people a fair wage for a fair day’s work, and it needs to end.”
Mr. Hick’s lawsuit seeks class and collective action status for all interns who worked for the producers and the production company responsible for Alien Dawn and other productions. The class and collective action seek double back wages, an injunction prohibiting the violation of the law, as well as attorney’s fees and costs.
Intern Justice intends to file additional lawsuits in the coming months to obtain compensation for unpaid interns and other exploited workers. If you believe that you have been denied wages under guise of an “internship,” contact Intern Justice at firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing the Getting Started Form.