Litigation consequences of unpaid internships

Lawsuits brought by unpaid interns may reduce future internship opportunities

Working on a movie set or for a major magazine publisher may seem like a glamorous internship for a young person.  But not everything is always what it appears to be on the surface. 

In recent years there has been a spate of lawsuits against some large companies by former unpaid interns, citing violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act based on allegations that they were in effect, acting as employees.  The first such suit was filed against Fox Searchlight Productions for interns working on the set of The Black Swan. Most recently, Conde Nast settled a class action suit brought by former interns.

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Hilary Daninhirsch

Hilary Daninhirsch is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  In 2000, she left the practice of law to raise her children...

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