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Entering the World of Real Estate, for No Pay

New York Times—Elizabeth A. Harris Historically, becoming a real estate agent was rarely a first-choice gig. For many people, it was a way to pay the bills while trying to break into another field, like theater or dance. For some, it was a second career — or maybe a third or a fourth — tackled after the children went off to college, or earlier paths fell off a cliff. But in recent years the image of the real estate agent has moved away from racks of keys and dingy walk-ups. Sashaying into the limelight by way of reality television and eye-popping sales, the profession started to seem a bit...
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Unpaid Intern Sues Harper’s Bazaar Publisher for Wages and Overtime, Seeks Class Action Status

Feb 3, 2012 / Media Coverage /
ABA Journal—Martha Neil Labor lawyers have been sounding a warning in recent years that employers could be violating the law by hiring unpaid interns to do work that ordinarily would be performed by a paid employee. And now a lawsuit seeks to put that argument to the test, contending that a 28-year-woman who says she worked up to 55 hours per week, without pay, as an intern at Harper's Bazaar last year must be treated like any other employee under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, according to Reuters. Xuedan "Diana" Wang seeks class action status for her suit, which was filed Wednesday...
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Unpaid intern Sues Harper's Bazaar for Minimum Wage

Feb 2, 2012 / Media Coverage /
A former intern at Harper's Bazaar is suing the magazine's publisher, Hearst Corporation, saying that her internship violates labor laws because it was unpaid, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in New York on Wednesday. Xuedan Wang, 28, was an intern at the magazine's accessories department from August to December last year, where she typically worked at least 40 hours a week, and sometimes as much as 55 hours, without pay, according to her lawsuit. "Unpaid interns are becoming the modern-day equivalent of entry-level employees, except that employers are not paying them for the...
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Unpaid intern sues magazine for minimum wage, overtime

Feb 1, 2012 / Media Coverage /
Reuters—Jonathan Allen A former intern at Harper's Bazaar is suing the magazine's publisher, Hearst Corporation, saying that her internship violates labor laws because it was unpaid, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in New York on Wednesday. Xuedan Wang, 28, was an intern at the magazine's accessories department from August to December last year, where she typically worked at least 40 hours a week, and sometimes as much as 55 hours, without pay, according to her lawsuit. "Unpaid interns are becoming the modern-day equivalent of entry-level employees, except that employers are not...
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Former Unpaid Intern Sues Hearst for Labor Law Violations

Feb 1, 2012 / Media Coverage /
The Atlantic Wire—Eric Randall After years of complaints that American companies are exploiting unpaid interns, a former Harper’s Bazaar intern is suing the Hearst Corporation for allegedly violating labor laws, and the lawyers are hoping to turn it into a class action suit. According to The New York Times, Xuedan Wang says the company didn't pay her for her full-time work despite the fact that she acted in many ways like an employee. From The Times: * * * The legality of these unpaid internships tends to hinge on whether they provide an "educational" experience, but as any recent college...
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Former Intern Sues Hearst Over Unpaid Work and Hopes to Create a Class Action

Feb 1, 2012 / Media Coverage /
New York Times—Steven Greenhouse A former unpaid intern for the fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar filed a lawsuit on Wednesday, accusing its parent company, the Hearst Corporation, of violating federal and state wage and hour laws by not paying her even though she often worked there full time. In her lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan, the intern, Xuedan Wang, and her law firm are asking to make the case a class action on behalf of what they say are hundreds of unpaid interns at Heart Magazines, which also publishes Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and Good Housekeeping. Employment...
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Interns, Unpaid by a Studio, File Suit

Sep 28, 2011 / Media Coverage /
New York Times—Steven Greenhouse Two men who worked on the hit movie “Black Swan” have mounted an unusual challenge to the film industry’s widely accepted practice of unpaid internships by filing a lawsuit on Wednesday asserting that the production company had violated minimum wage and overtime laws by hiring dozens of such interns. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, claims that Fox Searchlight Pictures, the producer of “Black Swan,” had the interns do menial work that should have been done by paid employees and did not provide them with the type of educational experience that...
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Unpaid interns strike back by suing Fox

Sep 21, 2011 / Media Coverage /
bottomline.msnbc.msn.com—Marisa Taylor While unpaid internships are obligatory for many college students hoping to spruce up their resumes and get a leg up on job prospects, a stagnant labor market has meant that many college graduates are accepting those unpaid internships in lieu of entry level jobs, with the hopes that they’ll lead to paid work. And college graduates desperate for work may not want to ruffle feathers when their employers wade in murky legal waters by asking them to do the work of regular employees under the guise of an unpaid internship. But that’s not the case for two...
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'Black Swan' Unpaid Interns File Lawsuit Against Fox Searchlight

Sep 21, 2011 / Media Coverage /
ABC News—Christina Ng Two men who interned for the film "Black Swan" have filed a class-action lawsuit against Fox Searchlight on behalf of hundreds of unpaid interns, taking aim at a long-accepted practice in the entertainment industry. The lawsuit alleges that the film production company violated federal and state labor laws by using unpaid interns. "This is a widespread practice and most of the time it's unlawful," said Elizabeth Wagoner, one of the attorneys representing the interns. "I haven't seen other suits like this, at least not on this scale. I hope their example will make others...
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