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Hearst Corp Sued for Alleged Labor Law Violations

New York, NY: The Hearst Corporation illegally employs hundreds of unpaid interns in violation of federal and state labor laws, according to a newly filed employment class action complaint. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of a former Harper's Bazaar intern, accuses Hearst of paying interns no compensation for the work they perform, including minimum or overtime wages, and committing recordkeeping violations in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law.

Former intern Xuedan Wang, of Brooklyn, N.Y., alleged that she regularly worked more than 40 hours per week, and sometimes as many as 55 hours per week, without compensation while at Harper's Bazaar in 2011.

Lawyers representing the plaintiff state that unpaid interns are becoming the modern-day equivalent of entry-level employees, except that employers are not paying them for the many hours they work. The practice of classifying employees as 'interns' to avoid paying wages runs afoul of federal and state wage and hour laws.

The lawsuit seeks class action certification to recover unpaid wages, overtime pay, liquidated damages, interest and attorneys' fees for unpaid interns who worked for Hearst between February 1, 2006 and the date of a final judgment.

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Published on Feb-1-12


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