Landmark Ruling on Unpaid Internships

Interns working at Fox Searchlight were treated just like any other employee. They learned about the specifics of their workplace, they got a line on their resume, they got the same opportunities and training that any paid employee got. And no more.

That means they weren’t really “interns.”  They were just free labor.    Continue reading

Employment Law in a Recession: Gawker’s Unemployment Stories Analyzed


Gawker runs a weekly series of letters from readers called Unemployment Stories. The stories are touching and informative. Some themes have been discussed elsewhere ad nauseum–the longer one is unemployed, the less likely one is to get a job; student loans and health care debt are crippling; unemployment breeds severe depression and often substance abuse; race and sex discrimination happen.

But the Gawker stories also reveal some less obvious ways our employment laws are either failing us or simply being ignored. Let us count the ways: Continue reading