The U.S. Dept. of Labor has announced it will use a new seven-factor test for deciding whether an internship position qualifies for an unpaid status under the minimum wage provision in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The guidelines shift the focus from whether the intern is the primary beneficiary of the relationship to whether… Continue reading Do New Labor Dept Rules Signal the Return of the Unpaid Internship?
Condé Nast, the publishing giant, has decided to discontinue its vaunted internship program following a class-action lawsuit filed by two former interns saying that they were paid less than $1 dollar an hour, according to an article in Women’s Wear Daily yesterday. Back in June, Condé Nast, which owns and operates popular and influential magazines… Continue reading Conde Nast Ends Internship Program Over Lawsuits: Let the Blame Game Begin!
In a case that may be shocking to many folks (but not lawyers in the employment litigation field) NY Southern District Judge Kevin Castel last week ruled that an unpaid intern could not sue her employer under NYC Human Rights Law because she was not an “employee” under the law. This discrepancy’s not new. It… Continue reading Unpaid Intern Cannot Sue for Sexual Harassment: NYFed Court
A few days ago, two interns who had worked at NBC Universal filed a Federal lawsuit against the company claiming that NBC violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay them any wages during their respective internships. One plaintiff, Jesse Moore, interned at MSNBC in 2011; the other, Monet Eliastam interned at Saturday… Continue reading Flood of Internship Lawsuits Continues with Case Against NBC
According to her complaint, Xuedan Wang interned at Harper’s Bazaar from August 2010 through December 2011 for 40-55 hours per week and went unpaid. On February 1, 2012, she filed a lawsuit against The Hearst Corporation (the fashion glossy’s publisher) accusing them of violating state and federal wage and hour laws by not paying her… Continue reading Lawsuit By Former Intern Against Harper’s Bazaar Over Lack of Payment
As the father of a college student, I am well aware of the importance of and difficulty in obtaining a well-placed internship. Luckily, my son ended up getting a paid position but many students find themselves accepting positions that pay either nothing or well below the minimum wage. So, is that legal, their parents ask… Continue reading Do Unpaid Internships Violate Federal Wage Laws?