Take 5: Views You Can Use - April 2012


In this issue:

- Employers' Request for Facebook Access Comes Under Attack

- EEOC Releases Publications on the Rights of Disabled Veterans Returning to the Civilian Workforce

- EEOC Publishes Rule Amending ADEA Regulations

- Employers' Use of Unpaid Interns Comes Under Attack

- Title VII's Protections Extend to Provision of Severance Benefits to Former Employees

An excerpt from "Employers' Use of Unpaid Interns Comes Under Attack"

In recent weeks, employers' use of unpaid interns has come under attack. In March 2012, a former intern of the "Charlie Rose" show filed a class action lawsuit in the New York Supreme Court on behalf of herself and others. See Lucy Bickerton v. Charles Rose and Charlie Rose, Inc., Index No. 650780/2012. The lawsuit alleges that the company violated New York State wage laws by not paying interns wages and overtime for the work that they performed. The former intern alleged that she regularly worked at least 25 hours per week without pay while on the "Charlie Rose" staff in 2007. Her job responsibilities included performing daily background research, assembling press packets, escorting the show's guests through the studio, breaking down the interview set after daily filming, and cleaning up the green room.

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