3000 former interns have been granted class action status in their lawsuit against Warner Music Group and Atlantic Records. The suit alleges that there was no academic component to the internships, as is required by law. The original claim was brought by intern Justin Henry, who said that he was often required to work more than 40 hours a week without overtime wages.
The filing was similar to recent lawsuits in publishing, film and other industries.
“The evidence offered by plaintiffs is sufficient to meet the 'low' standard of proof for court-authorized notice,” according to the ruling in New York Federal Court reports Law360. “The court is not permitted to pass on the merits of plaintiffs' claims at this stage of the litigation.”