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Former Intern Sues Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling

Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano
Donald Sterling watches the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles on Dec. 19, 2011 Danny Moloshok—AP

The intern says the team never paid him for his work

A former intern for the Los Angeles Clippers is suing both the team and its owners for allegedly violating labor laws by not paying its interns, according to a federal class action lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

Frank Cooper says the Sterling Family Trust never paid him for the two months of work he did in the fan relations department, the Associated Press reports. Cooper says he worked 40 to 50 hours per week, calling season ticket holders and organizing basketball clinics. Cooper is suing disgraced team owner Donald Sterling and the Clippers organization for back pay, damages and attorney fees, according to the AP.

Sterling is currently embroiled in controversy over racist comments he made that were caught on tape. He has been banned from the NBA, but maintains that he will sue the league before he’s forced to sell the team. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has agreed to buy the team for $2 billion.

[AP]

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