Interns sue; will now get paid

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Fox Searchlight Pictures has lost a key ruling in its long-running legal fight with former interns who worked on 2010’s “Black Swan” and other movie productions.

U.S. District Judge William Pauley issued a summary judgment on Tuesday in New York, saying Fox Searchlight violated minimum wage laws by not paying interns. The judge also certified a class action for interns who worked for Fox Entertainment Group, the parent of Fox Searchlight.

The matter stems from a September 2011 lawsuit filed by former interns Eric Glatt and Andrew Footman, who alleged they performed menial tasks — such as retrieving lunch for other workers — that should have been assigned to paid employees of Fox Searchlight. The former interns alleged that the internship program violated minimum-wage and overtime laws.

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