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Unpaid Internship Lawsuits

By Nadine Etienne

There has been a rise in the fashion industry of individual and class action lawsuits brought by and on behalf of unpaid interns. On February 1, 2012, a class action was filed against Hearst Corporation in the Southern District of New York on behalf of a class of unpaid interns, alleging violations of federal and state labor and employment laws. The plaintiffs interned at various magazines under Hearst Corporation such as Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan. Judge Harold Baer from the S.D.N.Y. recently denied class certification for plaintiffs' NY Labor Law violations claim because of a lack of commonality and predominance. The only common factor among the interns who worked at Hearst since 2009 was the fact their internships were unpaid. The named plaintiffs in the Hearst case are seeking leave for appeal. More recently, on June 13, 2013, two former interns, Lauren Ballinger and Matthew Lieb, filed suit against Condé Nast in the S.D.N.Y., claiming labor violations occurring during their respective internships at W magazine and The New Yorker. Additionally, on February 15, 2013, Dajia Davenport, a former unpaid intern at Elite Model Management, filed a class action against the agency in the S.D.N.Y for $50 million for wage violations.

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