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Casting Call for VC Readers:
James Runcorn is having a bit of trouble getting enough extras as background for the courtroom scenes. One benefit is that you will probably be seated while waiting for shots. You won't get paid, but you do get named in the end credits and IMDB credit. If you live in LA and want to head over to Sylmar TODAY (right away) or TOMORROW, email him at burbankexpress (at) aol.com. Today would obviously be very last minute, but tomorrow would work too. Drop him a line for the details.
JunkYardLawDog (mail):
How can they avoid complying with federal and state minimum wage laws. How is it they are exempt from the FLSA, is there a special exception for liberal supporting movie producing moguls in the FLSA???

If they aren't exempt sounds like one hell of a good class action lawsuit like the one brought against Wal-Mart.

Says the "Dog"
6.16.2007 3:15pm
Kazinski:
Junkyardlawdog:
Must be an artifact left over from the Lochner era. Seriously, believe it or not show business and politics are rife with unpaid internships. Walmart not so much.
6.16.2007 3:55pm
Edward A. Hoffman (mail):
I was apaid extra a few times years ago, and I was never in the credits. (Had I received such credit, my Bacon number would be 2.) I've never seen a show that credited even paid extras, let alone those who are unpaid.
6.16.2007 8:41pm
JunkYardLawDog (mail):
Maybe those unpaid extras exist because nobody dares sue or complain. That shouldn't stop an enterprising lawyer from bringing the class action suit anyway.

Unpaid "student" internships might be a valid exception to the FLSA and equivalent state laws, but non-student extras meet all the common law definitions of an employee and should be covered by the FLSA absent a specific statutory exception.

Just a thought for some enterprising CA lawyer looking for a big pay day.

Says the "Dog"
6.16.2007 9:27pm