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‘Wendy Williams Show’ Slapped with Lawsuit by Interns

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By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

Wendy Williams has a hit with her daytime talk show, but there’s always some background drama making headlines in the tabloids. The most recent report claimed Wendy’s husband Kevin Hunter was causing chaos behind the scenes, and allegedly making things miserable for employees of the show because he acts as if the show is his own.

Now former interns are calling out the daytime talk show and fighting back with a lawsuit.

The Wrap writes:

A former intern for “The Wendy Williams Show” alleges that Lionsgate Entertainment unlawfully classified him and others as exempt from minimum wages, according to a putative class action lawsuit filed in New York.

Lead plaintiff Anthony Tart said that the show’s distributor Lionsgate and its subsidiary Debmar-Mercury, which produces the show, have a policy of hiring unpaid interns in violation of federal and New York state laws.

“Defendants’ unlawful conduct has been pursuant to a corporate policy or practice of minimizing labor costs by denying named plaintiff and the putative class members compensation,” he said in the complaint, which was filed Friday.

 

 

Tart claims in the suit filed that he and other interns were forced to do tasks such as wash dishes, take out garbage and get coffee for the show’s heavyweights. His beef with the internship is he feels the interns spent too much time doing those mundane tasks and the internship didn’t provide enough educational training.

Tart also feels interns were only hired for these tasks so the studio wouldn’t have to hire paid employees instead.

Amanda is a TV junkie with a passion for all things reality television. She's from Decatur, GA.

20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    October 9, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    But isn’t this what most internships are like? The only way you get more out of your internships is if you make it that way. These companies don’t give a damn if you learn or not.

    • The Truth

      October 9, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Agreed. He didn’t endure anything most of us haven’t endured just to get started in our careers.

      • SugaDrops

        October 9, 2014 at 7:02 pm

        Exactly…… it was up to him to learn and get whatever he could get out of it.

  2. Michelle

    October 9, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    This is typical. At least he’s trying to fight it though.

  3. McLoving

    October 9, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I may catch some flack but I’d say the majority of internships treat you like the help. I know one of my college internships I spent the entire day cleaning out my intern supervisors office. Internships are what you make of them..I had to work my a-s off and put my foot down to get a worthwhile experience.

  4. Yeah I Said It!

    October 9, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Wendy could care less I’m sure. I feel bad of the interns but a lot of internships are like this.

  5. Ms. Jackson

    October 9, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    What kind of bullish-t? Is this self entitled 90s baby serious? This is the standard internship. Sh-t I was making coffee, answering phones, making copies and putting together presentations. I worked hard for no pay but the experience on my resume got me a damn good job. It was totally worth it and I’d do it again. These young kids are too damn soft for my taste. They complain about everything.

  6. Anonymous

    October 9, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    This is dumb. I’m sure Wendy started off with a free internship, where she was giving people coffee and taking out trash too. Now look at where she is.

  7. Get Busy

    October 9, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    An internship is what you make it. It can be a foot in the door if you’re smart, or a waste of time if you refuse to humble yourself.

    • julyol1972

      October 9, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      I have to agree! I can’t stand Wendell on a normal day, but an internship is an opportunity to either get in on the ground floor, or to add to the experience on your resume. He sounds like those kids nowadays who come out of college looking for six figures, and a corner office, without putting in the hard work necessary.

    • Old School

      October 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      *standing ovation*

  8. Fashionista

    October 9, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    So then can I go and sue all the companies who gave me an internship?

  9. Tasha

    October 9, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    This is what people are suing for nowadays? *sucks teeth*

  10. SugaDrops

    October 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Made me think about Diddy and his damn cheesecake…. lol

    • Ha

      October 9, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      That was a historic moment in television.

  11. Team Breezy

    October 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Seriously?

  12. Anonymous

    October 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    No one wants to work hard anymore. They just want success handed to them.

  13. And What?

    October 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    B-tcha-sness.

  14. Lana

    October 10, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Most internships are unpaid though. Lol

  15. Lola

    October 13, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    These freeking lawyers are such scum. The only thing lower than these people who sue for a living are their dirt bag attorneys. So now there will be no more interns. Those of you with no experience and no hope of any experience cause you dont have any experience better figure something else out. What a litigious pile of bullsh-t

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