Condé Nast is latest target of unpaid internship lawsuits

Two former interns accuse the magazine publisher of violating DOL guidelines

Just a little more than a month after a court told Hearst Corp.’s former unpaid interns that they couldn’t pursue a class action, intern rage turned toward the other giant of magazine publishing: Condé Nast.

Two former Condé Nast interns—Matthew Leib, who interned at The New Yorker in 2009 and 2010, and Lauren Ballinger, who worked for W Magazine in 2009—sued Condé Nast on Thursday in a Manhattan district court, with the now-classic argument that the publisher’s intern program violates Department of Labor guidelines by not paying its interns minimum wage. The guidelines state that interns must not be replacements for employees, or bring advantage to the company, unless they are paid.

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