[WASHINGTON]–Yesterday, three bills have been introduced to ensure that unpaid interns are protected from workplace discrimination and harassment. The legislation, offered by ranking members Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Grace Meng (D-NY), extend federal workplace protections against discrimination and sexual harassment to unpaid interns in the public and private sectors, as well as those working in Congress. The bills (HR 3231; 3232; 3233) address glaring loopholes in existing federal and state labor laws, which fail to provide protections to unpaid interns because they have not been considered “employees” under the law.
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July 29, 2015
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Young Invincibles Salutes Introduction of Legislation That Would Ensure Legal Protections for Unpaid Interns
“These proposals are crucial for ensuring that interns receive basic workplace protections” said Jennifer Wang, Policy Director of Young Invincibles. “Relevant work experience and job training are essential tools for building a better future. Young workers’ ability to gain marketable skills is dependent on access to safe and fair workplaces, including in their internships.”