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Martina McBride Facing Lawsuit Over Unpaid Interns

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Martina McBride, her husband John McBride and their recording studio, Blackbird are facing a $1 million lawsuit over alleged mistreatment of their unpaid interns.

Filed by a former employee, Richard Hanson, the lawsuit claims that many unpaid interns working at the studio were taken advantage of, by assigning them personal errands, such as cleaning the bathrooms, and picking up groceries and takeout for them. They were also reported to have been "yelled at" when they failed to do these domestic tasks well.

Hanson was the operations manager of Blackbird for close to 5 years, and also ran the unpaid internship program. He attempted to resolve this issue on several occasions but is reported to have been told off.

Finally, he was forced to file an official complaint against the company for having violated the Fair Labor Acts Standards. His statement claims that he was fired within one hour of informing the McBrides of the complaint, who have been sued for infringing the Tennessee Public Protection Act by firing Hanson on personal grounds.

"Blackbird Studios cooperated with the Department of Labor and they found this claim was not supported by the facts," said Martina McBride in a statement. "John and I have created a culture at Blackbird that is familial and supportive of everyone who walks through its doors."

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