The two interns suing Fox Searchlight for their unpaid internships on the set of Black Swan just had their complaint amended to now include Fox Entertainment group and two more interns, according to The Hollywood Reporter.* The new status involves an amended filing, but the upshot is that more former underpaid coffee fetchers can potentially join the case. "What this means as a practical manner is that the scope of the putative class is much larger," Elizabeth Wagoner, the lawyer crusading for interns with glamorous positions told THR's Eriq Gardner. "The lawsuit will not only cover Fox Searchlight, but all interns covered by the hiring practices (that led to the named plaintiffs' being interns)." That also means potential bigger consequences for Fox, which could, pending a legal win for the interns, have to pay out wages to a lot more than just two unhappy production workers.
This is already (presumably) a personal win for Wagoner, who now can say she is on her way to two class-action intern lawsuits. The intern suing Hearst had her suit upgraded to a collective action, which includes "all persons who worked as unpaid or underpaid interns at Hearst's magazines between February 1, 2009, and until the case is resolved." Huzzah. (Just one more to go for that hat-trick!) Both these suits, of course, have a ways to go until the final decisions, and wins aren't guaranteed. At some point a letter will go out to former unpaid interns who qualify for the respective cases, who can then decide if they want to join. Until then, sit tight, disgruntled dues payers.
*This post originally stated the case had been upgrade to a class action.