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Hell hath no fury like an English major scorned

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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.

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