Black Swan Two want their share of the lime­light

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

A CASE cur­rently brew­ing in Hol­ly­wood could have im­pli­ca­tions far be­yond the film in­dus­try. The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter tells us that a pair of in­terns, who had pre­vi­ously taken is­sue with their treat­ment work­ing on Black Swan, are set to ex­pand their le­gal ac­tion to ad­dress all in­tern­ships within 20th Cen­tury Fox.

The rise of the in­tern has trans­formed the way many busi­nesses func­tion and has made it more dif­fi­cult for less well-off can­di­dates to se­cure a place on the lower rungs of the em­ploy­ment lad­der. Com­pa­nies across the US and, in­creas­ingly, Europe, have taken to ap­point­ing work­ers at no wage to carry out less glam­orous tasks. The law cur­rently states that in­terns must re­ceive some ed­u­ca­tional ben­e­fit from their labours and must not be asked to do work that would oth­er­wise be car­ried out by em­ploy­ees.

Alex Foot­man, one of the Black Swan Two (as we’ve just de­cided to call them), said that he spent his time mak­ing cof­fee, tak­ing lunch or­ders and clean­ing the of­fice.

“The only thing I learned on this in­tern­ship was to be more picky in choos­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said. “Black Swan had more than $300 mil­lion in rev­enues. If they paid us, it wouldn’t make a big dif­fer­ence to them, but it would make a huge dif­fer­ence to us.”

Fox is hav­ing none of it. “These are com­pletely mer­it­less claims aimed solely at get­ting press cov­er­age for the lit­i­gants and their at­tor­neys,” a spokesman com­mented.

In­terns on Black Swan are not happy with their treat­ment

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