Internships and Federal Law -- Are Interns Employees?


Employers cannot avoid the requirements of federal law by simply labeling employees as “interns” or “trainees.” As a general rule, those engaged in legitimate internships or training programs are not covered by federal employment law. But if the would-be intern or trainee is actually an employee by another name, an employment relationship exists, and the intern or trainee is entitled to all the benefits and protections of federal law. Including the rights to minimum wage, overtime, and a discrimination free workplace.

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