Judge rules--again--that it's cool to sexually harass interns
Oh, and the New Yorker doesn't pay its interns. Time to boycott, I think.
Two former interns (one who worked at The New Yorker, another from W Magazine) sued the magazines’ parent company, Cond� Nast Publications, this summer — claiming, among other things, that they were paid less than $1 an hour. The Cond� Nast lawsuit is one of more than 30 cases that we’re tracking in our recently updated Internship Lawsuit Tracker.
And in other internship lawsuit news, a reminder that unpaid interns aren’t protected from sexual harassment: last week, a federal judge tossed out a former unpaid intern’s harassment case against Phoenix Satellite Television.
The intern had accused the broadcast network’s Washington bureau chief, Zhengzhu Liu, of making suggestive sexual comments and luring her back to his hotel room, where he allegedly cornered her, kissed her and groped her. The complaint alleges that Liu “intentionally preyed on the most vulnerable employees at Phoenix,” like young interns and aspiring immigrants.
As we’ve reported before, because unpaid interns aren’t considered “employees,” they are generally not protected from sexual harassment under federal laws enforced by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission.
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