A sampling of Obermayer's HR Legalist Blog's recent post on unpaid internships can be read here.
With the excitement of New York Fashion Week coming to a close, there is one recent trend that the fashion industry should pay particular attention to—unpaid internship lawsuits. The fashion industry is now among a recent slew of industries facing potential liability for allegedly improperly classifying interns under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). A class action lawsuit was recently filed against Donna Karan International shortly after a federal judge in New York ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated federal minimum wage and overtime laws by not paying interns who worked on the production of the films “Black Swan” and “500 Days of Summer.” (Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc., No. 11-6784, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82079 (S.D.N.Y. June 11, 2013)). Unfortunately for employers, former intern lawsuits are on the rise, with actions being brought against record companies, magazine publishers, modeling agencies, and TV talk show hosts.
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