Class-Action Notices to Sirius Interns Approved

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  1. Nemo

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    http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/11/07/class-action-notices-to-sirius-interns-approved.htm


    MANHATTAN (CN) - A former "Howard Stern Show" go-fer turned a corner in a case against Sirius, as a federal judge conditionally certified a class Friday afternoon.
    Noting that the statute of limitations clock is clicking away for many potential plaintiffs, lawyers for Melissa Tierney, the former intern who sued the radio network in April, wanted U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni to act quickly on their bid to send out class-action notices.
    Virginia & Ambinder attorney LaDonna Lusher told the judge at a hearing Friday that Tierney's experience was similar to that of interns throughout Sirius' five locations in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Nashville and New Jersey.
    A human-resources officer for Sirius even conceded that all Sirius interns get screened through the same centralized program, Lusher said.
    Judge Caproni seemed skeptical how similar the interns' experiences were.
    "If you're working at the 'Howard Stern Show' you'd be doing different things than if you're working for 'NFL Today,'" she said.
    After Lusher said that Tierney's internship consisted mostly of running errands, taking breakfast orders and getting food, Caproni cut to the chase and called the plaintiff a former "go-fer."
    Her lawyer agreed that was true.
    Other co-plaintiffs had more substantial tasks, including a former "Opie & Anthony Show" intern who says that he also cut ads, Lusher said.
    Attorney Matthew Lampe, representing Sirius for Jones Day, said that ex-interns provided only "bare-naked statements" to support their case so far, and want to radically enlarge the case on that basis.
    "There's a massive expansion of litigation that's hanging in the balance," he said, estimating about 1,000 potential plaintiffs in the five cities.
    Lampe likened the Sirius interns' suit to the 1947 case Walling v. Portland Terminal, in which the Supreme Court let a railroad company put workers through roughly a week of unpaid "practical training."
    Lusher countered that Walling hinged upon the finding that, unlike Sirius, the railroad got no "immediate advantage" from its employees.
    In response, Caproni quipped that, without Tierney's internship, "Howard Stern Show" staffers could have gotten their "own damn coffee," to laughter in the court.
    After a brief pause in a roughly hour-long hearing, the judge ruled for the interns.
    Sirius and its challengers have been asked to agree upon class-action notices by Nov. 21, and the radio network will have the opportunity to decertify the class pending the production of evidence in the discovery phase.
    The lawsuit is among a growing number of labor actions by former unpaid interns who allegedly come to regret performing free work for which others employees get paid.
    The Southern District of New York alone has heard cases against Gawker; Hearst-owned magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, Cosmo, Marie Claire, Esquire, Redbook and Seventeen; and Fox Searchlight, which came under fire by interns for the movie "Black Swan."
     
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    You sure it's not STATUE of Limitations? :scratch:
     
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    "eh heh heh...ged your own bodado...eh heh heh"
     
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    I'd hit it
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    the defense rests
    :bed:
     
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    First off, this case is total bullshit. This generation are a bunch of spoiled, entitled overgrown children. They agreed to internships knowing they were unpaid and designed to learn what a working environment is like, then hire lawyers years-later, because they are "entitled" to be paid.

    That being said, how funny will it be if she winds up actually winning money off of Sirius where he former boss got skunked.
     
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    So.... what the fuck are they suing for? Last I knew, interns are not paid.
     
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    Oh great, so if the interns win how long until subscribers receive mail stating we'll be seeing an increase in rates like we just got a week or two ago informing us of a 16% price increase because Sirius wasn't paying royalties for pre 1973 music but was now being forced to after losing a different court battle/ settlement.
     
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    She will win.
    What was intended to be a learning experience has evolved into slave labor.
    I'd love to read the actual Intern agreement. I guarantee you it is nothing what Interns actually do. I'm sure they are promised a well rounded learning experience but the truth is they are gofers or do one menial task that saves Sirius/Stern money.
    Hopefully some day Sterns band of free SSI filler gets a pay day too.

    Apparently the peasants at Sirius get no raises and in fact do more work when people are fired.
     
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    transcribing the show must be really fun
     
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    Not Guilty!
     
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    This guy is the only one I know of that is an attribute to interns..........Involves them, And teaches them the "Trade".............
    [​IMG]
     
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    If this is causing the Wig sleepless nights.........YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!
     
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    "Fine, it's a sculpture of limitations"
     
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    When I was graduating college, a group of about ten of us who had studied together were having drinks after rehearsal. As we went around the table telling each other of our plans, one of the girls announced that she was hoping to get a job at a TV or radio station (she wanted to do broadcast news). She elaborated how she was willing to take little or even no pay at first, just so she could 'get her foot in the door'. One of my buddies who was about ten years older than the rest of is after having spent a decade as a radio jock almost jumped over the table at her and just fucking went off: "It's people like you willing to work for free that made it impossible for guys like me to make a decent living doing what we liked!"

    I've never been a fan of most unpaid intern arrangements since.
     
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    Stern Show internship looks great on the resume.
    But the only thing you learned is how everyone likes their coffee.
     
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    The dream of a Booey deposition is getting closer and closer.:pray:
     
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    on one hand, dont work free if you dont want to. (or is it required to get the degree?)
    on the other hand, companies with millions in profit shouldnt be asking people to work free

    on the third hand, as to what nemo said, if it was implied they would receive skilled training and experience, and instead are just doing basic labor, then its wrong