Madison Square Garden Lawsuit May Have Far-Reaching Implications For Sports Industry
by Anthony Caruso on September 25, 2013
Several entertainment companies have been hit with lawsuits lately from unpaid interns alleging labor law violations, but a new Madison Square Garden lawsuit may have far-reaching implications for the sports industry as a whole.
The class-action suit filed by more than 500 former interns claim that they were misclassified as interns to avoid being compensated adequately, despite performing work responsibilities that would otherwise classify them as employees. Typically, the line between intern and employee status rests upon the specific roles and responsibilities that workers carry. An intern charged with running errands and providing coffee at board meetings may have fewer claims against a company than one tasked with projects that could have a considerable financial impact on the
In the Madison Square Garden case, interns worked five days a week and performed tasks relating to administrative projects, logistics during sporting and entertainment events, and sponsorship sales.
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