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Bad Boy Ent.

Sued By Unpaid Intern

How Dare You Make Me Get Coffee?!

8/20/2013 7:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0515_p_diddy_getty_articleSean Combs is a corporate tyrant who had the audacity to force an unpaid intern to ... gasp ... GET COFFEE ... this according a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.

The ungrateful person behind the suit is Rashida Salaam -- who claims she took a gig as an unpaid intern for Bad Boy Entertainment from January 2012 to May 2012 and couldn't BELIEVE the kinds of work they had her do for free:

-- answering telephones
-- getting lunch and coffee for paid employees
-- making deliveries
-- gift-wrapping presents
-- decorating the office during holidays

Just torture ...

Salaam probably has a real case, thanks to recent changes in the law regarding unpaid internships (no more free labor for course credit) ... but we're guessing she's probably hurting her chance at landing a full-time gig with the company by filing the suit.

We reached out to BBE for comment -- so far, no word back.

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31.

Truth    

CORPORATIONS DO THE SAME SH*T. HIRE INTERNS FOR FREE LABOR. JUST DIDDY'S CHEAP A$$ LEADS THE PACK. #TRUTH!!

242 days ago
32.

MetalHillbilly    

Last time I checked, that's what interns pretty much do!

242 days ago
33.

broncosgodess    

No skills, no talent, knew it was an unpaid internship, what the F*ck did she expect to be doing, running the place? This country is doomed from stupidity like this.

242 days ago
34.

Sonja    

The whole point of an intern is to be exposed to the field you have chosen, to learn the real world workings of the business, for this you get college credit. Even though most interns do run errands from time to time that is not what they are there for, they are not free waitstaff for the office. There is a purpose to being an intern that benefits both the intern and the business who takes on the intern. This sounds like her issue is she learned nothing, was shown nothing, witnessed nothing, was involved in nothing so far as the business goes and was instead used as free help to do menial errands. That is not what intern programs are about. There is a reason you get college credit towards your studies for interning and it's not for making the office coffee.

242 days ago
35.

Livvie    

Isn't that what interns do?

242 days ago
36.

Bravo600    

My husband is a veterinarian and has taken high school interns in the past for school to work experience. He stopped doing it when the last one complained about being asked to doing filing and walking dogs. She wanted to be involved in surgeries and exams and expected my husband to rearrange his and his client’s schedule to fit her release time. There is an entitlement coming from SOME younger people. While this music intern is fetching coffee, she is also able to see how the business operates, making contacts, and paying her dues. She can walk out the door anytime she wants. I am sure the terms of her internship were explained before she started; if she didn’t like it – don’t take the internship. This is why it is called an internship not a job. Are we going to have to start paying student teachers now? Heaven forbid they are asked to cover playground duty. You can’t start at the top.

242 days ago
37.

Kookla    

She's a piece of work

242 days ago
38.

Prop    

The point in being an intern is NOT to go get coffee and wrap presents. Regardless to whether you are paid or no, You are there to learn something about the industry and it is completely unacceptable that this type of stuff goes on.

242 days ago
39.

BOHO     

He had me feed his snake..........

242 days ago
40.

Shah Boogey    

She agree'd to be work as a unpaid intern... She's gonna have a rough time getting a full time job after this failed lawsuit...

242 days ago
41.

Jexica    

The point of being an intern is to learn that you do NOT start at the top, in the middle or the bottom. You start at the door, go DOWN and work your way up to the bottom and go from there. These brats today are lazy and have a delusional sense of entitlement. Not a good testament to the state of this country.

242 days ago
42.

ceebee505    

lol

242 days ago
43.

Fashionistazoe    

I'm only 27 but this younger generation beneath me are some entitled little brats. I bet she never went to her supervisor and asked if she could attend meetings, shows etc to get that exposure. My internships started off as crap but I always asked if I could attend meetings, listen in on conference calls etc and eventually I was always included. It showed I was interested in the business. These kids are so spoiled the value of hard work is just not the same.

242 days ago
44.

jenmarie1987    

I would gladly take on the internship .

242 days ago
45.

Joy    

This is pretty ridiculous. First of all, if she was an intern from 1/2012-5/2012 then she doesn't have a case, as the internship laws were changed after that date. Secondly, what did she think an internship was? Did she think she'd be in on meetings and making decisions? Interns have always answered phones, gotten coffee, and gone on errands...in the many years before this and the many years before I was an unpaid intern in college, that is how things were....why is it all of a sudden a horrible thing now? Real work experience for college credits....if she were to get an assistant job there, she'd be doing the same thing and getting paid minimally (so as an intern she is getting the experience she needs to enter the work force)....would she sue for that as well?

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