A former Bad Boy Entertainment intern is suing the company that intern-to-mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs built. Rashida Salaam, 26, claims the company violated minimum wage laws when they overworked her in an unpaid position, reports the New York Daily News.
"I have no animosity against Bad Boy. But I was taken advantage of as far as wages go. I was naive," she said.
Salaam claims she worked 3-4 days per week, 9-6 p.m. (sometimes staying later), from January 2012 - May 2012. During her temporary, near full-time schedule, she was tasked with "picking up lunch and coffee," "running personal errands," answering phones, booking travel for Diddy and preparing expense reports. She says it's work that an employee should have been paid to do, and she wants back pay.
Bad Boy's parent company, Universal Music Group, is also named in the suit. Since it was filed as a class-action claim, more than 500 people who interned between August 2007 and now are eligible to join (New York's laws have a six-year statue of limitation for unpaid wage disputes). The amount owed would be determined at trial.
Similar suits have been filed earlier this month in New York against Atlantic Records, Columbia Records and Warner Music. A ruling earlier this summer on a case brought against Fox Searchlight Pictures by Black Swan interns could have been the game changer. A judge said that all internships must be "educational" and somehow benefit the intern, not just the company.
Diddy famously rose to his estimated $580 million dollar net worth from his position as an intern for music executive Andre Harrell, who was then president and founder of Uptown Records (then home to Heavy D & the Boyz, Mary J. Blige and Jodeci).
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