Julia Angwin, ProPublica, Noam Scheiber, The New York Times, and Ariana Tobin, ProPublica
Among the companies we found doing it: Amazon, Verizon, UPS and Facebook itself. “It’s blatantly unlawful,” said one employment law expert.
This story was co-published with The New York Times.
A few weeks ago, Verizon placed an ad on Facebook to recruit applicants for a unit focused on financial planning and analysis. The ad showed a smiling, millennial-aged woman seated at a computer and promised that new hires could look forward to a rewarding career in which they would be "more than just a number.”
Some relevant numbers were not immediately evident. The promotion was set to run on the...
For the past six years, a group of brave young (and some not so young) former interns have been fighting for workplace protections, including the right to be paid. Not just to be paid properly— to be paid at all. I have had the privilege of representing many them in their lawsuits. It has been quite a journey that, at this point, is going in the wrong direction.
At the beginning, the court of public opinion was decidedly against us. Anderson Cooper mocked our lawsuit against Fox Searchlight Pictures, which used unpaid interns on its Black Swan film production, placing it on his “RidicuList.”
Communications Workers of America and Outten & Golden LLP
Today, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and three workers filed a class action lawsuit against T-Mobile US, Amazon.com, Inc. (Amazon), Cox Communications and Media Group (Cox), and hundreds of other large employers and employment agencies who allegedly engaged in the unlawful practice of excluding older workers from receiving job ads on Facebook for open positions at their companies. The lawsuit, which challenges how Facebook’s paid ad platform is allegedly being used to hide job ads and opportunities from older workers nationally, has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the...
Bloomberg—Karen Weise, Dune Lawrence, and Dina Bass
The woman was an intern when her Microsoft colleagues took her out for drinks in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. She lived miles away in Redmond, the home to Microsoft’s suburban campus, so after a night of drinking, she crashed with a male intern and his friend who lived in a group house nearby. She fell asleep in the basement, while the other intern and his friend played guitar.
But during the night, her lawyer would later write to Microsoft, the male intern sexually assaulted her—or “forcibly penetrated her while she was sleeping,” according to her lawyer’s letter. When she woke,...
The Third Circuit was urged during oral arguments on Tuesday to revive class claims accusing the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority of failing to provide job applicants with a chance to respond to consumer reports detailing criminal histories that the agency said disqualified them from employment.
Deeptak Guta, an attorney with Gupta Wessler PLLC representing the three lead plaintiffs in the case, argued that the trial court had created an insurmountable hurdle by requiring the would-be SEPTA workers to show that the reports, which they never received copies of, contained...
With the recent barrage of sexual harassment allegations flooding the news, many companies are re-evaluating whether alcohol-fueled work celebrations are a good idea. In fact, the 2017 Holiday Party Survey Report found that fewer companies will be serving alcohol at their holiday parties this year: just 47.8%, down from nearly 62% last year. Some are calling this the "Weinstein effect."
However, focusing on alcohol misses the problem, according to Nina Frank, who handles employee-based harassment cases at the New York law firm Outten and Golden.
Washington Post — Elise Viebeck and Michelle Ye Hee Lee
As chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) used $150,000 in taxpayer dollars to settle with a former aide who alleged he was fired in part because he was not willing to focus his investigative work on Hillary Clinton.
The Post confirmed the confidential settlement reached between Gowdy and the Benghazi panel and Bradley Podliska after it appeared in a list of settlements released Friday by the congressional Office of Compliance. Gowdy is now the chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
In a list provided to the House Committee on Administration, the OOC...
Former Littler Mendelson PC shareholder and recent National Labor Relations Board addition William Emanuel has previously represented some of the largest consumer corporations and banks in the country — from Amazon.com to JPMorgan and Wells Fargo — many of which were previously undisclosed during his nomination, according to a list of clients released Tuesday.
The list of 162 clients Emanuel represented while working for Littler Mendelson included the likes of CarMax, Rite Aid, Ikea, Uber and Sysco. Emanuel committed to recusing himself from hearing cases involving his former clients, which...
In 1980, under pressure to begin construction on what would become his signature project, Donald J. Trump employed a crew of 200 undocumented Polish workers who worked in 12-hour shifts, without gloves, hard hats or masks, to demolish the Bonwit Teller building on Fifth Avenue, where the 58-story, golden-hued Trump Tower now stands.
The workers were paid as little as $4 an hour for their dangerous labor, less than half the union wage, if they got paid at all.
Their treatment led to years of litigation over Mr. Trump’s labor practices, and in 1998, despite frequent claims that he never settles...
The first step in determining whether or not it is legal to hire unpaid interns is to determine what laws apply. A combination of federal, state and local laws govern whether or not an employer is required to pay interns.
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In some states, such as New York, state and local laws have adopted language that is specific to interns. This gives certain rights to the intern, regardless of how one might interpret the broad language in the federal law. “Under the FLSA, employees must be paid for all hours worked, at least at the...