After two former unpaid Black Swan interns got a judge to rule in their favor, the intern lawsuits have been flowing like water, with NBC Universal the latest to be internsued. The two plaintiffs named in the case, Jesse Moore and Monet Eliastam, say they worked without pay for MSNBC and on Saturday Night Live, respectively, but it looks like the case is seeking to build a class action for all unpaid interns across the media conglomerate and say they are seeking at least $5 million in back pay, reports The Hollywood Reporter. They are represented by the same lawyers as the ones who represented the Black Swan guys against Fox Searchlight, and they are clearly looking to build on that suit. The complaint even directly mentions their win last month as justification for the filing:
That part about the "NYLL class" is particularly important: The lawyers are hoping they can get a bundle of money for a whole group of underlings, not just two part-time, minimum wage workers. Moore and Eliastam each worked about 25 and 29 hours per week respectively doing the usual intern tasks of filing, running errands, answering phones, and assisting production. They're seeking minimum wage back pay for the work.