Wes Alum Seeks Fair Treatment of unpaid Interns, Sues Fox Searchlight Pictures

Alex Footman ’09, along with another unpaid intern is suing Fox Searchlight Pictures after working grueling hours for the award winning film Black Swan.

“This was six months of my life which left me nowhere further along in my career than before,” Footman says. “It was not a learning experience and that was what I had expected. This really just seemed like I was just working and wasn’t getting paid for it.”

[Read on via NPR]

One thought on “Wes Alum Seeks Fair Treatment of unpaid Interns, Sues Fox Searchlight Pictures

  1. Alexander Furnas

    Good for you Alex!
    Corporations have gotten away with exploiting the unpaid labor of interns for too long. It is easy to pray on overqualified, desperate people trying to break into exclusive professions in current labor market conditions. Marxian effects of a “standing army of the unemployed,” much?

    The “promise” of intangible benefits like “connections” and abstract implications of possible future employment opportunities is not fair compensation for the level of work and commitment these firms expect. (enough scare quotes there?)

    Labor laws were enacted to prevent precisely these types of practices. Neither entry into or success within any industry should be predicated upon a period of, essentially, indentured servitude. It brings to mind issues surrounding compensation of graduate student teaching assistants and adjunct professors/lecturers as well.

    Keep fighting the good fight; I wish you the best.

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