AIA cleared of audition-fee rap

Dept. of Labor finds studio had eliminated illegal practices

California regulators have cleared AIA Acting Studios of allegations of breaking the law by charging actors to audition but added that more than a dozen other workshops remain out of compliance.

The Dept. of Labor’s Standards Enforcement Division announced AIA had eliminated practices that had been found illegal and was in compliance with the state ban on payment in exchange for applying for employment.

“In view of this determination, AIA need take no further action at this time to comply with the cease-and-desist letter,” said Thomas S. Kerrigan, regional attorney for the division. He also noted AIA has certified in writing that it will maintain strict compliance and work closely to remedy any future perceived violations.

The division has warned the operators that they face a civil suit if they do not stop offering the so-called cold reading workshops for a fee and issued 14 cease-and-desist letters (Daily Variety, Feb. 25). The regulators found there was “little or negligible” instruction provided to the workshop participants, whose sole or primary purpose in attending is to find work in TV or films.

Kerrigan said none of the other workshop operators had been found in compliance as of the March 13 deadline, adding that action could be taken against them as early as this week.

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