Unpaid Interns: Protected or Not?
via the Carlock Copeland Your EPL Lawyer blog
Companies, students, and graduates willing to eat ramen noodles while working their way up the ladder can all benefit from unpaid internships, but what do they mean for employers? In June, a U.S. District Court Judge in New York ruled that unpaid interns in the production of movies Black Swan and 500 Days of Summer were “employees” covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law. In its decision, the Court focused on the fact that the unpaid interns worked just like paid employees, providing low-level services such as making copies rather than receiving an educational experience.