Condé Nast, publisher of The New Yorker, Vogue, GQ and 26 other magazines, has stopped offering unpaid internships following legal fallout from 2012’s “Black Swan” lawsuit.
A group of interns who worked on the movie successfully sued Fox Searchlight, the studio that produced the hit film, claiming it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by neither paying them minimum wage nor meeting Department of Labor (DOL) unpaid internship requirements.
Condé Nast faced its own series of lawsuits from interns who made the same allegations against the publishing company. It decided the legal risks outweighed the benefits of offering internships.
Note: Given the publicity the issue now receives, employers should examine their intern programs to ensure they comply with all laws and regulations. Read up on the DOL’s very specific requirements for running internship programs.