07.16.14

Unpaid Intern Sues Warner Music Group

Posted in Labor Law at 5:03 pm by kevin

In August 2012, a homeless man named Kyle Grant served as an unpaid intern Warner Music Group. He decided to take the gig as a route inside the music industry.

According to Newsweek, “Most days, Grant was expected to fetch drinks for two different vice presidents. He also took lunch orders and took clothing to be dry-cleaned …

“… Unbeknownst to Grant, a set of federal Department of Labor guidelines—known as ‘Fact Sheet #71’—stipulates that an unpaid internship must be ‘for the benefit of the intern’ rather than the employer. ‘The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern,’ the document states, ‘and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded.’ At a for-profit music conglomerate like WMG, operations probably weren’t impeded by an unpaid worker fetching lunch orders.”