Diddy's Bad Boy Entertainment Sued By Former Unpaid Intern Rashida Salaam

Former Bad Boy Entertainment intern Rashida Salaam is suing Diddy's company because of the type of work the business had her do for free.

Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment is being sued by a former unpaid intern, according to TMZ.com.

Rashida Salaam filed a class-action lawsuit yesterday (August 20) in Manhattan Federal Court, accusing the company and parent company Universal Music Group of violating minimum-wage laws, according to nydailynews.com.

“I’m not suing for any type of animosity,” the Brooklyn, New Yorker and City College graduate said yesterday (August 20), according to nydailynews.com. “I have no animosity against Bad Boy. But I was taken advantage of as far as wages go. I was naive.”

Salaam’s lawsuit, which does not name Diddy specifically, seeks back wages plus interest for the hours she worked, as per nydailynews.com. Her suit estimates that more than 500 people have interned at Bad Boy since August 2007 and should be eligible to join her claim given that the statute of limitations for unpaid wages in New York is six years, according to nydailynews.com. Even though she was not paid for her internship, Salaam received a $40-a-week travel stipend for her commute, according to nydailynews.com.

Salaam says she took a job as an unpaid intern for Bad Boy Entertainment from January 2012 to May 2012 and had to answer telephones, get lunch and coffee for paid employees, make deliveries, gift-wrap presents and decorate the office during holidays, per TMZ.com.

When an intern is unpaid, “the primary recipient of the benefits should be the intern—not the company,” said Jeffrey Brown of Leeds Brown Law, the firm representing Salaam, as per nydailynews.com.

There are six criteria that must be met in order for individuals who participate in “for-profit” private sector internships or training programs to do so without compensation, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division.

Those six criteria are: the internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment; the internship experience is for the benefit of the intern; the intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff; The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded; the intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship, as per dol.gov.

Neither Bad Boy Entertainment nor Universal Music Group has responded to the media regarding Salaam’s suit.

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14 Comments

  • Anonymous

    What part of unpaid intern doesn't she get? Maybe she thought it would be cool to get him coffee and bagels every morning all while possibly meeting artists, but bottom line she could have left anytime and gotten a paid position somewhere else.

    • JK

      Personally I am against unpaid internships in the for-profit sector, but to answer your question her job sounds like that of a personal assistant more than enrichment training, meaning she would be replacing an actual employee. I'll take it a step further for you just so we're very clear and tell you that if that is the case then this type of work doesn't qualify for an unpaid internship. Regardless of whether or not a person agrees to work for free if (in this case) she is doing the work of an actual employee then it violate minimum wage laws. It's like you weren't even reading the article.

  • JASONNNS

    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/HBWVtv-JO1Y/mqdefault.jpg

  • Nickle

    people dont know that royce da 59 ghostwrote for diddy nas should have signed him

  • YEBO

    LIKE IT OR NOT DIDDY IS A LEGEND, HE MADE BIGGIE FAMOUS!

  • junMaf*ckn

    Not Sure She Has A Case As It Distinctly States: "and The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship, as per dol.gov." Interning Is Wack. You Basically An Errand Boy/Girl Hoping To Get Tight Wit Someone Who Can Help You Get A Job At The End Of It. And We All Know Diddy Is The Devil Anyway. He The Antichrist. Him N Giuliani.

  • Anonymous

    Diddy is the richest person in hip hop next to 50 and Jigga. You would think the money she is requesting is chump change for him.

  • carlos

    Puffy is the Don king of Hip Hop...

  • Anonymous

    dentaldamboy doesnt get paid a cent from YMCMB and he goes hard for them every single day of his life online!!!!

  • NIGGAZ NEVER LEARN

    Why do niggas continue to seek opportunities with Diddy knowing damn well he is a corporate snake?. They know Bad Boy is career suicide yet they continue to get on all fours for Puff for a cheque.

    • Anonymous

      Some corporate employers like seeing Diddy as experience on resumes believe it or not. Good resume builder not a place to make a living at though.

  • Anonymous

    This will be a quick settlement. Checkout thegrandreport, they got some good hip hop videos on there too

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