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Unpaid internships under fire in Wisconsin, nationwide

Fox Searchlight case in New York may have broad impact

6:00 PM, Sep. 22, 2013
UW-Madison communication arts professor Derek Johnson said 'the narrative that you have to pay your dues to break in is really strong in Hollywood, and the internship is part of that story.'
UW-Madison communication arts professor Derek Johnson said 'the narrative that you have to pay your dues to break in is really strong in Hollywood, and the internship is part of that story.'
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Unpaid interns, and the Wisconsin companies that hire them, are sorting out their options after a recent New York court ruling cast doubts on employers' widespread practice of relying on eager young workers to perform without pay.

The case at the core of the renewed national debate over unpaid internships was filed by two unpaid interns who worked on the set of the Fox Searchlight Pictures movie "Black Swan."

A New York federal district court ruled in June that the interns performed the work of regular employees, and their internships did not meet the standards established by the federal ...

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