Viacom Wins Skeptical Judge's OK Of $7.2M Intern Deal

By Kurt Orzeck (May 28, 2015, 8:45 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Thursday approved Viacom Inc.'s proposed $7.2 million deal seeking to resolve ex-interns' class action assertions that they were unlawfully denied minimum-wage pay, despite previously expressing concerns over its fairness.

In an order granting preliminary approval of the class and collective action settlement, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein gave the green light to $505 payments that would go to 12,500 interns for each semester in which they participated in a Viacom internship program. The payments would be limited to two semesters, and fees and costs would be deducted.

In March, the judge had said the...

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