Elite Modeling Agency Sued for Paying Interns Unfairly

A top modeling agency was sued last week for improperly paying its interns, who allegedly are not paid for their overtime hours.

The lawsuit, filed by a former intern, seeks $50 million. The New York Post reported the story:

Elite Model Management is blasted in court papers as a “penny-pinching” company that exploits fashionista wannabes eager to build up their résumés and “too afraid to ask for compensation.”

Plaintiff Dajia Davenport of Manhattan, who interned for Elite during the summer of 2010, alleges that the company “deliberately misclassifies its interns as exempt from wage requirements,” then makes them work more than 40 hours a week, including weekends.

The lawsuit comes on the heels of ongoing intern-mistreatment legal action against Fox Entertainment Group and Hearst, and a recently settled lawsuit against the Charlie Rose show. Our blog will continue to cover the growing movement against the exploitation of interns; you should contact our attorneys if you have any questions about unfair workplace practices.