Unpaid Interns Sue NBCUniversal in $5 Million Class-Action Lawsuit

The death knell of the era of the unpaid internship continued tolling today, courtesy again of a couple of lowly interns themselves. Following on the heels of the Fox Searchlight unpaid internship case, Jesse Moore and Monet Eliastam have filed a $5 million class-action lawsuit against NBCUniversal (owned by Comcast Corp.). The interns, who worked at Saturday Night Live and MSNBC, claim that they did everything from processing petty cash to making travel arrangements for higher-ups — jobs that seem not to fit into the six-item list of criteria for unpaid internships. The pair worked at least 24 hours a week, and now are seeking compensation for their work. NBCUniversal, meanwhile, began paying interns earlier this year, though they refused to comment on the current litigation. Perhaps one day, though, kids can get paid without having to sue first. [Philly.com]