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Proposed New Bill Would Protect Unpaid Interns In The Workplace

On November 18, 2013, Bill No. S-3064, which would permit unpaid interns to seek relief from purported harassment, discrimination and retaliation under the Law Against Discrimination, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, and the Worker Freedom From Employer Intimidation Act, was introduced.  Senator Nia Gill (Essex) sponsored the bill.

On November 18, 2013, Bill No. S-3064, which would permit unpaid interns to seek relief from purported harassment, discrimination and retaliation under the Law Against Discrimination, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, and the Worker Freedom From Employer Intimidation Act, was introduced.  Senator Nia Gill (Essex) sponsored the bill.

Presently, only one state - Oregon - provides such protections to unpaid interns.  However, at least one other state - New York - is currently considering similar protections.  Recent case law has increased the profile of the unique situation of unpaid interns, who often work side-by-side with paid colleagues, and lack not only compensation, but also workplace rights.

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    Michael Shadiack is the Chair of Connell Foley’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Representing a broad spectrum of employers and management personnel in the private and public sectors, he provides litigation defense and ...

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