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Harper’s Bazaar Intern Files Wage Lawsuit

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Xuedan Wang,28 has filed a class action wage lawsuit against Harper’s Bazaar magazine publisher Hearst Corporation in New York federal court alleging the company is violating labor laws by using unpaid interns to do work that paid employees should do.

According to the lawsuit, Wang, who also goes by the first name Diana, said 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.” Wang said she regularly worked 40 hour a week and sometimes as much as 55 hours a week.

The lawsuit continues, “Employers’ failure to compensate interns for their work, and the prevalence of the practice nationwide, curtails opportunities for employment, fosters class divisions between those who can afford to work for no wage and those who cannot, and indirectly contributes to rising employment.” Wang says her, and hundreds of other unpaid interns are part of Hearst’s “crucial labor force.”

The Fair Labor Standards Act says that the work interns do must benefit the intern not the employer, and that unpaid interns must not be used in place of regular employees, and that “the employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impede,” Reuters reported the Department of Labor’s website as saying. disclaimer: This article: Harper’s Bazaar Intern Files Wage Lawsuit was posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 9:22 pm at and is filed under Employment Lawsuits.

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