Ex-Intern Files Class Action Suit For Back Wages Against Clear Channel
July 14, 2014 at 4:47 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL has been hit with a class action suit alleging that the company wrongfully withheld wages from interns at its stations. The suit, filed by attorneys VIRGINA & AMBINDER, LLP and LEEDS BROWN LAW, P.C. with LIANE ARIAS as named plaintiff, is one of several suits against companies which offer unpaid internships in the wake of a court ruling that interns are covered by NEW YORK labor law and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
ARIAS was an unpaid intern in AUGUST-DECEMBER 2011 in CLEAR CHANNEL's promotions and marketing department, with her duties described as "searching out current events and assembling reports; creating newspaper articles; going to promotional events and "giveaways" to promote Defendants' radio stations," and other necessary tasks. Interestingly, in one paragraph, the plaintiff is incorrectly referred to as "TIERNEY;" MELISSA TIERNEY was a SIRIUSXM intern who filed a class action suit against the satellite operator in APRIL (NET NEWS 4/30).