Judge Conditionally Certifies Class In Intern's Suit Against SiriusXM
November 11, 2014 at 4:18 AM (PT)
A federal judge has conditionally certified former SIRIUSXM RADIO interns as a class in the suit by former HOWARD STERN SHOW intern MELISSA TIERNEY over their unpaid status.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NEW YORK VALERIE CAPRONI made the certification after oral arguments on FRIDAY (11/7). The ruling is conditioned on SIIUSXM and the plaintiffs agreeing on class action notices by NOVEMBER 21st, and SIRIUSXM will have the chance to decertify the class, but the certification allows the case to proceed as a class action for now.
TIERNEY's suit complained that she was assigned only menial tasks like fetching food, and the oral arguments centered on how interns at the radio company experienced similar situations at all of its locations. The case is one of several filed against media industry businesses over unpaid internships, notably FOX SEARCHLIGHT, CONDE NAST and HEARST.