Unpaid Internships: Are They Legal?
Bar President: 3Ls Should Get Paid for Internships
On December 5, 2013, the New Jersey State Senate introduced S-3064 to protect unpaid interns from employment discrimination by amending the Law Against Discrimination ("LAD"), the Conscientious Employee Protection Act...more
In October of 2013, the Southern District of New York dismissed an intern’s claim for sexual harassment brought under New York State Human Rights Law and New York City Human Rights Law on the grounds that the state law...more
Legislation proposed by a member of the New Jersey Senate would amend the Law Against Discrimination, Conscientious Employee Protection Act, and Worker Freedom from Employer Intimidation Act to extend legal protections and...more
Last month Condé Nast decided to end its storied internship program. The termination came on the heels of a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by two former interns alleging that Condé Nast failed to pay them at least the...more
A new bill introduced in the New York State Senate would extend many of the protections of the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) to unpaid interns. Among other things, the bill would make it illegal for employers to...more
Wang v. Phoenix Satellite Television US, Inc., No. 13-CV-218(PKC) (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 3, 2013) (Castel, J.): As we recently covered in our firm blog, Judge P. Kevin Castel in the Southern District of New York recently dismissed an...more
A federal judge in the Southern District of New York ruled earlier this month that a former intern was not entitled to pursue her claim for sexual harassment under the New York City Human Rights Law (the “NYCHRL”) because she...more
If you’ve skimmed internet news in the last 4 months, you’re aware of two scary trends: (1) twerking and (2) interns filing class actions for unpaid compensation against publishers, entertainment companies, fashion houses,...more
We have observed for some time now that the spate of wage-hour lawsuits might be expected drastically to curtail the availability of internships of both the unpaid and paid varieties.
Employment Law 360 reports that...more
Last week we reported on a decision out of a New York federal district court refusing to extend the protections of the New York City anti-discrimination law to unpaid interns. That decision also confirmed that neither the...more
So you may have heard – a federal court in New York has dismissed an unpaid intern’s hostile work environment sexual harassment claim against a media company pursuant to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”). (Wang v....more
The controversy surrounding unpaid internships is increasingly in the news. Reports of interns filing wage and hour class actions in, for example, The New York Times and PBS's NewsHour, have highlighted an often-unnoticed...more
Over the past few years, the number of college undergraduates and recent graduates engaging in unpaid internships has grown dramatically. One expert estimates that there are between 1 and 2 million internships each year, and...more
On October 3, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed an unpaid intern’s hostile work environment, quid pro quo sexual harassment, and retaliation claims brought under the New York State...more
Protections against workplace sexual harassment provided by the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) and the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) do not apply to unpaid interns, a federal court has ruled in Wang v....more
I just finished reading a very interesting opinion in Wang v. Phoenix Satellite Television US, Inc., which Judge Castel issued late last week out of the Southern District of New York and which addresses the scope of the New...more
Interns across the country have filed class-action suits against employers such as Fox Entertainment Group and Hearst Corp. The plaintiffs claim they were incorrectly classified as interns when they should have been...more
Here’s another installment of Inside Out with law firm partner Christina Martini and in-house counsel David Susler. They are not only lawyers who practice on different sides of the table, but they are also married. Watch them...more
The rise in unpaid internships has led to an equally significant uptick in litigation brought by interns demanding compensation for performing the same work as paid employees.
And the interns are winning....more
The unpaid-interns ruckus continues to unfold, this time in a way that entangles President Obama.
As we observed in March 2012, an unpaid White House intern might conclude that he or she is "engaged in the operations...more
The application of many federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws is limited to the employer/employee relationship. This makes distinguishing between employees and those with similar but distinct relationships — like...more
With the abundance of college graduates scrambling for too few paid jobs, many employers are nabbing them for unpaid internships—hoping to keep this talent until paid positions become available. ...more
As this FEB went to publication, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 292, which clarifies that sexual harassment claims under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act do not require a showing of sexual desire. The...more
We are pleased to present the 30th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month we highlight cases discussing federal pleading standards, the intersection of patent law and antitrust...more