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.