NBCUniversal agreed to pay $6.4 million in the largest settlement deal yet in response to a class action lawsuit brought forth by former unpaid interns. This is obviously a huge win, not only for those interns, but for interns across the media and entertainment industry whose employers must no longer ignore the consequences of flouting the labor laws.
While legal pressure has forced some of the largest and most blatant violators to pay up, many smaller companies are beginning to revisit their own practices as well. Public pressure has encouraged a small, but very well renowned design agency, Sagmeister & Walsh, to announce a change in their internship policy!
We’ve continued our collaborative efforts with NMASS in demanding the NY Department of Labor actually do its job and end wage theft against workers across all sectors of the economy. Columbia University Democrats invited activists and allies to a panel that addressed issues with the current intern economy. And a new organizing collective, Intern Worker Alliance, hosted a public meeting about ways interns can organize in their workplaces.
If you’d like to get involved and are in the New York City area, we will be meeting weekly on Monday evenings in Manhattan. Email us for specific time and location at email@example.com. And help us fight for fairness in the intern economy!