Publishing giant Condé Nast is being sued by two college students who allege they were illegally underpaid while interning at two of the company’s flagship magazines.
One of the plaintiffs was slow to anger about his pay at The New Yorker. He spent two years working on the magazine’s cartoon database before he figured out the $300 to $500 per summer he received was less than minimum wage.
The other intern, who worked at W magazine, decided to sue after editors declined to provide a recommendation for her application to attend the American University in Paris. She says that her internship compensation worked out to a dollar an hour.
The two claim the Condé Nast internship program violates the Department of Labor’s requirements (see "Court: If interns perform work, pay them!"). Their suit seeks back pay—and class-action status for other possibly underpaid Condé Nast interns.