WME Acquires IMG Intern Suit

While other lawsuits filed by interns alleging minimum wage violations against agencies, studios and others are in various stages of adjudication, a new class action was filed Dec. 18 – this time, against IMG Worlwide.

Complicating matters is the fact that IMG Worldwide has been acquired by William Morris Endeavor and Silverlake Partners for $2.2 billion since the suit alleges IMG hired and “improperly classified” interns in its New York City office beginning in Dec. 2008.

Plaintiff Richard Carden says he worked for IMG in New York for only about a month, from June to July 2011, according to the complaint filed in New York Supreme Court in New York County. Similarly to other intern-filed class action complaints, he says he regularly performed the work of what should have been a paid employee.

The complaint also contends the putative class is believed to consist of more than 100 individuals.

The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages including compensation for minimum wages the putative class was denied, plus interest, court costs and attorneys fees.