News Summary: Ruling imperils unpaid internships

News Summary: Unpaid internships imperiled after court finds program skirted minimum wage laws

Associated Press

NO-PAY JOBS: Unpaid internships for students and recent grads could disappear, after a federal judge ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated minimum wage and overtime laws by not paying two interns who worked the 2010 movie "Black Swan."

1 MILLION WAGE FREE: The decision may lead some companies to rethink whether it's worth the legal risk to hire interns to work without pay. Up to 1 million unpaid internships are offered in the United States every year.

SAME WORK: The judge ruled Fox should have paid the interns because they did the same work as regular employees, provided value to the company and performed low-level tasks that didn't require specialized training. Fox plans to appeal.

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