'Wendy Williams Show' Producers Respond To Lawsuit Filed By Former Intern

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 12/30/2014 | 03:00 PM EST

Claims of violating labor laws are dismissed by show producers

The producers of “The Wendy Williams Show” are snapping back at a lawsuit filed against them and Lionsgate by a former intern who accused them of violating labor laws.


The reported class action lawsuit headed by ex-intern Anthony Tart demanded compensation for work he says he and more than 100 other interns did as if they were full-time staff.


Show producers are dismissing claims they violated any laws and argue that interns were not compensated for their work because they were not legally required to pay interns, reports theJasmineBrand.com.


On the contrary, producers say, interns did not suffer any damages while on the job and, if anything, they gained “valuable knowledge” from the New York City nationally syndicated show.


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The lawsuit, which was filed earlier this year, accused Debmar-Mercury producers of not paying them wages for hours they worked. Tart alleges that work responsibilities included washing dishes, picking up coffee and other supplies and taking out the trash. The legal complaint argues that the work producers required them to do did not fit the standards for an unpaid internship, which stated interns that weren’t compensated had to receive some sort of academic or vocational training.


“Wendy Show” producers say interns did much more than the duties outlined in the lawsuit and confirmed that they indeed gained academic credit and received proper training as it relates to the entertainment field and working on a production set.


Talk show host Wendy Williams did not respond to the allegations and was not included as a defendant in the lawsuit.

(Photo: Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT /Landov)

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