Laura O'Donnell in Thomson Reuters: Experts Predict Wave of Lawsuits Over Unpaid Internships

06/14/2013


Two former interns at the New Yorker and W Magazine sued Conde Nast Publications on Thursday in what experts said could be the first in a wave of lawsuits challenging unpaid internships.

The lawsuit comes just two days after a judge found that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated labor laws when it used unpaid interns for menial production tasks on "Black Swan," the 2010 film starring Natalie Portman and directed by Darren Aronofsky.

Experts said that decision, and similar lawsuits that are likely to follow, will force employers to reconsider using unpaid interns, first in "glamour" industries such as movies and publishing and then in industries that implemented similar policies to reduce labor costs in a flagging economy.

"This trend is probably going to expand beyond media companies and beyond New York," said Laura O'Donnell, a lawyer at Haynes and Boone, LLP in San Antonio who represents management in labor disputes. "I think employers in all industries across the country need to take note."

Excerpted from Thomson Reuters, June 14, 2013. To view full article, click here.

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