Employment Matters Blog

Unpaid Interns One Step Closer to Receiving Protection Against Discrimination in New York

Posted in discrimination, Employment Legislation, New York

Written by Michael Arnold

Last week we reported on a decision out of a New York federal district court refusing to extend the protections of the New York City anti-discrimination law to unpaid interns. That decision also confirmed that neither the federal nor New York State anti-discrimination laws protected unpaid interns either. As a quick update (and not surprisingly after the extensive news coverage this decision received), legislators in both New York State and City are now seeking to close this gap in the law. State Senator Liz Krueger has already introduced legislation in the New York State Senate, while Councilwoman Gale Brewer has promised to introduce similar legislation before the City Council. We will keep you posted on any further legislative activity.