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PIX11 News—PIX11 Report Internships are a great way to gain work experience while you’re in college or trying to pick a career. However, the Olsen twins are just the latest people being sued for overworking and not paying interns. They join companies such as Conde Nast, Bad Boy Records and Fox Searchlight who have all been sued by former interns. Rachel Bien, attorney who handled intern cases against Conde Nast and Christina Isnardi (NYC intern and former unpaid intern) talk about what someone can do if they’re being treated unfairly at their internship. Watch the video here.
The Guardian — Ben Jacobs The presidential frontrunner finally added eight full-time staff to her campaign’s payroll after reports that some politically experienced organizers were unpaid Hillary Clinton has hired eight “summer fellows” as full-time paid staffers, just weeks after the Guardian revealed that the presidential frontrunner’s campaign was using experienced political operatives as unpaid interns. The Clinton campaign is adding 20 full-time field organizers in Iowa, seeking to increase her presence and rally Democrats in the crucial caucus state, which she visited on Tuesday as her team acknowledged fears of a better-than-expected showing from the independent challenger Bernie Sanders.…
Carolyn Osorio, who graduated from Pratt Institute in 2013, seems to be a one-woman weapon against the axiom of apathetic millennials: She's a young person of political passion. In an op-ed column published Wednesday in USA Today, she describes high-school nights spent sleeping in a Hillary for America t-shirt and tears shed upon Clinton’s concession to Barack Obama. When Clinton announced her intention to seek the presidency in 2016, Osorio practically vaulted on board. “I quickly applied for and was offered a position as a Hillary for America fellow to work on the campaign,” she writes. “I couldn't have been…
Politico—Marianne LeVine Is the era of the unpaid internship nearing its end? That question hovers over two cases challenging the legality of the wage-free quasi-apprenticeships long common to many white collar settings. More than 30 cases have been filed on behalf of unpaid interns in the past four years. The two most prominent are Glatt v. Fox Searchlight, known familiarly as the “Black Swan” case, and Wang v. Hearst Corp. Both cases are on federal appeal before New York City’s Second Circuit. Both involve interns who worked for communications companies that offered entree to a glamorous work environment — a…
New York Law Journal—Mark Hamblett 02.02.2015 Three federal appellate judges grappled Friday over adopting a fresh test to determine whether unpaid interns must be paid as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA). At oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judges Dennis Jacobs (See Profile), Richard Wesley (See Profile) and John Walker (See Profile) appeared dissatisfied with the Department of Labor's test for determining an "employee" under the FLSA, as grafted from a 67-year-old Supreme Court opinion. The arguments centered on a pair of cases with different outcomes reached by two lower courts.…
Fortune—Claire Zillman On Friday, a federal appeals court will review earlier court decisions that left unpaid internship in legal limbo. Whether you noticed it or not, a big question has been hanging over the heads of companies and their prospective workers for several years now: Is an intern an employee? The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan will address that query on Friday when it reviews earlier decisions in two cases filed by unpaid interns whose opposite outcomes put the now-ubiquitous unpaid internship in legal limbo. “This is the case that everyone’s been waiting for,” says David Yamada, a…
Hollywood Reporter—Eriq Gardner Five years ago, when Eric Glatt became an intern for the movie Black Swan, he hardly fit the usual description of one. He was 40, had an MBA and was employed for years in the financial sector, including at insurance giant AIG. When the economic crisis hit, Glatt decided to pursue his passion for entertainment. He took a film editing course, got certified, and, through his alumni network at Wesleyan University, found out that the new Darren Aronofsky movie needed interns. For some, the opportunity to be a part of a film that would gross $330 million…
foxbusiness.com—By Christina Couch Ever since the "'Black Swan' case," wherein two unpaid interns who worked on Darren Aronofsky's iconic film sued Fox Searchlight Pictures for violating Department of Labor regulations, many companies have made serious changes to their internship programs. While there are less exploitive internship than there used to be (several programs shut down following the fiasco), many still exist, leaving it up to students to do their research. Students must learn to avoid bad internships and to take action if they find themselves in an illegal program. Before starting an internship program, make sure you know where you…

The Great Intern Revolt

Monday, 30 June 2014
Capital New York — By Peter Sterne The great media-world intern revolt didn’t arise from an army of underpaid fashion-closet assistants, coffee-order-takers and instant-news-rewrite bloggers suddenly storming the castle in fury. It began when a 40-something who’d built himself a comfortable career in finance read an article in The New York Times. In April 2010, Eric Glatt had already quit his job at AIG to pursue his first love—film. He had received certification in the art of film editing and was working as an unpaid intern on Fox Searchlight Production’s film, Black Swan. Then he came across the Times article…
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