Unpaid Internship Law Suits – Know Your Rights

Have You Worked as an Unpaid Intern?

Many unpaid internship programs are illegal.  If  your internship program was not legitimate, then you may be entitled to pay for all of those hours worked for free.   We are employment attorneys who can help you with your unpaid internship claim.  Call 212.571.2000 for a Free Consultation.

Do You Have a Unpaid Internship Case?

Unpaid Internship Lawsuits

Unpaid Internship or Free Labor?

The main factor that determines if your unpaid internship is legal is who gets the benefit of the program?  Is the internship really just free labor that benefits the company or is it a genuine training program to help the interns.  If you want to know if you have a case, call us  at 212.571.2000 for a free consultation.


What Can You Get for Bringing an Unpaid Internship Case?

In most cases, our clients recover money.  The amounts vary substantially.  Some cases produce million dollar results and others much less.  The amount you recover in an unpaid internship case will depend on how many hours you worked as an unpaid intern.

How Can I Tell if my Unpaid Internship was Legal or Not?

Who received the benefit from your internship?  Were you really just an employee working for free or where you part of a genuine training program designed to help interns learn?   If you were more like an employee doing work employees do, then your internship was probably illegal and your employer may have to pay for the hours you worked.

Here are the six factors that courts apply to determine if internships are legal.  If any one of the factors is missing, the internship will be deemed illegal.

Six Criteria for Unpaid Internships

1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment.

2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern.

3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff.

4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded.

5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.

6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

*These factors come from the United States Department of Labor Fact Sheet on Unpaid Internship programs.  You can see the fact sheet here.

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