Charlie Rose Class Action Litigation Over Unpaid Interns

On March 14, 2012, Outten & Golden LLP filed a Class Action Complaint in New York Supreme Court on behalf of a former intern who worked on Charlie Rose’s eponymous PBS talk show, “The Charlie Rose Show.” The complaint alleges that Mr. Rose and the show’s corporate owner do not pay interns any wages for the work they perform.

Former intern Lucy Bickerton, of Brooklyn, N.Y., alleged that she regularly worked at least 25 hours per week without pay while on the Charlie Rose staff in 2007. As an intern, Ms. Bickerton’s job responsibilities included performing daily background research from print and online sources to prepare Mr. Rose for guest interviews, assembling press packets, escorting the show’s guests through the studio, breaking down the interview set after daily filming, and cleaning up the green room.
Outten & Golden will seek to have the lawsuit certified as a class action to recover unpaid wages, interest, and attorneys’ fees and costs for unpaid interns who worked for Charlie Rose between March 13, 2006 and the date of a final judgment.

Scott Drake interviews Outten & Golden's Elizabeth Wagoner who represents employees in all areas of employment law, including both individual and class actions. Prior to joining the firm in 2011, Ms. Wagoner was a Senior Staff Attorney for Employment and Immigration Initiatives with Make the Road New York, where she advised and represented individuals in labor, employment, and immigration matters. Ms. Wagoner has successfully litigated misclassification, minimum wage, overtime, and retaliation cases in federal court on behalf of employees in a variety of industries. In 2009, Ms. Wagoner was co-lead counsel in a wage-and-hour trial in federal court, which resulted in a jury verdict for money damages for her client, plus an award of attorneys’ fees. In addition to her litigation docket, Ms. Wagoner also provided technical and legal support for Make the Road New York’s employment law policy initiatives.

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