Three former Gawker interns are suing Gawker Media, claiming that the company broke the minimum wage law. Bloomberg reports that the filing claims the interns worked for Gakwer — writing and editing posts, etc. — from 2008 to 2010, without pay. The lawsuit seeks compensation for unpaid wages and overtime.
“Gawker employs numerous other ‘interns’ in the same way, paying them nothing or underpaying them and utilizing their services to publish its content on the Internet, an enterprise that generates significant amounts of revenue for Gawker,” explains the court document.
The action comes at a good time, considering that a judge just ruled that former Fox Searchlight interns should have been paid for their work. Also, Gawker does pay interns now, so you’d think the three former staffers have a real chance at getting some cash.