The former Late Show with David Letterman intern who filed a class action suit against CBS Broadcasting, CBS Corp. and David Letterman's production company on Tuesday over unpaid labor, has dropped her lawsuit.
As reported Tuesday on Deadline, Mallory Musallam "has initiated this action seeking for herself, and on behalf of all similarly situated employees that also worked on The Late Show with David Letterman, all compensation, including minimum wages and overtime compensation, which they were deprived of, plus interest, attorneys' fees, and costs," the filing reads.
CBS defended their internship program, insisting in a statement that the lawsuit "is part of a nationwide trend of class action lawyers attacking internship opportunities provided by companies in the media and entertainment industry."
"We pride ourselves on providing valuable internship experiences, and we take seriously all of our obligations under relevant labor and employment laws. We intend to vigorously defend against the claims," CBS added.
In her original suit, Musallam claimed that during her time at Letterman from September-December 2008, she worked more than 40 hours a week and received no pay or academic or vocational training. The suit accused CBS of intentionally giving unpaid interns work rather than having paid employees work extra hours or hiring additional employees to do the necessary labor, making CBS' actions a violation of New York State labor law.
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