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Condé Nast Slapped with Intern Lawsuit

Jun 14, 2013 / Media Coverage

fashionista.com—Tyler McCall

In the midst of Diana Wang’s ongoing lawsuit against Hearst for unpaid intern wages, comes news of another media intern lawsuit–this time against Conde Nast. Two former interns filed suit against Conde Nast on Thursday, alleging that the company failed to pay them minimum wage, the New York Times is reporting.

Plaintiffs Lauren Ballinger, who interned at W Magazine, and Matthew Leib, who worked for the The New Yorker, are asking to move forward with a class-action lawsuit. What makes them slightly different from Wang is that each were paid–Ballinger a paltry $12 per day, Leib $300-$500 for each summer he interned–rather than receiving school credit, as is the norm at many of these institutions.

And with the AP reporting yesterday that a federal judge in New York ruled in favor of former interns who sued Fox Searchlight Pictures, the end of unpaid internships everywhere could very well be imminent. U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III ruled that Fox “violated minimum wage and overtime laws by not paying interns who worked on production of the 2010 movie Black Swan.” [...]

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