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Conde Nast Reaches $5.8M in Unpaid Intern Class Action Settlement


This is a settlement for the Employment lawsuit.

Los Angeles, CA: Condé Nast agreed to pay $5.8 million in settlement of an unpaid wages class-action lawsuit brought by thousands of former interns who alleged that while they worked for the publisher they were underpaid.

One of the two lead plaintiffs, Lauren Ballinger, worked for approximately $1 per hour organizing accessories in the fashion closet at W Magazine, according to the lawsuit. Matthew Leib, the other lead plaintiff, earned around $300 for a summer internship at the New Yorker.

The settlement agreement covers approximately 7,500 interns at Condé Nast flagship magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair. Former interns dating back as far as June 2007 are expected to receive payments ranging from $700 to $1,900, according to the settlement.

The case is Lauren Ballinger and Matthew Leib v. Advance Magazine Publishers Inc, d/b/a Condé Nast Publications, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, No. 13-4036.

Condé Nast canceled its internship program soon after the lawsuit was filed in June 2013.

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Published on Nov-14-14


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