Former SNL, MSNBC Interns Sue NBC for Not Being Paid

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Two former interns of Saturday Night Live and MSNBC are suing NBC Universal saying they were not paid for their work, though their work was the same as regular employees.

The lawsuits filed by the interns are similar to the ones Gawker, Conde Nast and others face. 

"Unpaid and underpaid interns are becoming the modern-day equivalent of entry-level employees, except that employers are not paying them or underpaying them," the Manhattan Federal Court class action lawsuit said. 

The interns, Monet Eliastam and Jesse Moore, say they worked part-time and performed duties that should have included pay.

Eliastam worked 27 hours a week at SNL last year and on many days she worked for more than 10 hours a day. Her duties consisted of completing paperwork, running errands, helping with shoots of skits and getting food and coffee.

Moore said she worked as much as 29 hours a week in 2011. Her duties included booking travel arrangements, answering phones and greeting and escorting guests to get their hair and makeup done.

NBC has not commented on the lawsuit.

The suit said there were hundreds of unpaid interns that are "a key part of NBC Universal's success." They estimate that more than 100 former interns could be on the case if it turns into a class action.

Similar suits have gone to court and ruled in favor of the interns. Two interns on the set of "Black Swan" were entitled to payment for their work when they took the case to court. 

Talk show host Charlie Rose and his production company settled a suit last week that paid former interns $110,000 for their work that was previously unpaid. 

Sources: NY Daily News, Hollywood Reporter