Unpaid Internships: Are They Legal?
Bar President: 3Ls Should Get Paid for Internships
We have long warned that one should not simply assume that an internship associated with or sponsored by an educational institution falls outside of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's requirements. Our caution includes...more
Over the past year, unpaid internships have garnered increasing attention. Ross Perlin, the author of “Intern Nation,” estimated in 2011 that more than a million people participate in internships each year in the United...more
The unpaid-interns ruckus continues to unfold, this time in a way that entangles President Obama.
As we many have observed, an unpaid White House intern might conclude that he or she is “engaged in the operations of...more
With the start of the New Year, many employers are gearing up for their internship programs, which often coincide with academic semesters and summer recesses beginning in May. Such programs, though, have become a source of...more
On December 5, 2013, the Senate introduced a bill (S3064) seeking to extend legal protections and remedies to unpaid interns by amending three state statutes: the Law Against Discrimination, the Conscientious Employee...more
As was anticipated in light of the intensified focus upon internships over three years ago, the next stage was a spate of high-profile lawsuits by unpaid or allegedly-underpaid interns under the federal Fair Labor Standards...more
Actually, internships may be a good option for Santa’s non-profit operation – so long as he does not pay a stipend or offer any benefits and clarifies whether interns are unpaid volunteers or paid employees. Paying a...more
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
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
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
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