• Some Employers May Not Be Able to Afford Unpaid Interns
  • April 26, 2012 | Authors: Christine S. Liyanto; Sharon Ongerth Rossi
  • Law Firm: Rogers Joseph O'Donnell A Professional Corporation - San Francisco Office
  • The unpaid internship has increased in popularity in recent years. For the employer, the unpaid internship is a device for keeping costs low while garnering free labor; for the individual, the unpaid internship is his or her opportunity to get a proverbial foot in the door in a down employment market. In the past six months, however, three highly publicized class action lawsuits-against a move studio, a publishing company, and a non-profit television network-have highlighted the risks associated with unpaid internships, drawing attention to potential violations of various state and federal wage and hour laws if employees are misclassified as interns.