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:
“Unpaid interns are becoming the modern-day equivalent of entry-level employees, except that employers are not paying them for the many hours they work,” said Adam Klein, one of the lawyers for Ms. Wang. “The practice of classifying employees as ‘interns’ to avoid paying wages runs afoul of federal and state wage and hour laws.”
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