Equity’s Statement on Court Decision in Asner vs. Actors’ Equity

Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. has dismissed the Asner vs. Actors’ Equity lawsuit. The Judge’s ruling reflects the care taken by the union to follow the appropriate procedural steps outlined in the 1989 Settlement Agreement. The dismissal of this lawsuit, which we had always viewed as a frivolous and costly legal matter, is a victory for our union.

Not everyone in our union agreed with changes in policy that our Council put in place in April of 2015. We understand those opposing views, however, many of our members needed more than the nominal performance stipends, which had been the longtime practice. These are not unpaid internships – this is work.

Now that this matter has been addressed internally and validated by a federal court ruling, we can devote our energies to working with Los Angeles’ theatre producers to help them find the best ways to employ our members.


founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 50,000 Actors and Stage Managers. Equity seeks to foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors' Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. #EquityWorks.