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Unpaid Internships

The number of unpaid internships and “trainee” programs has skyrocketed in recent years as employers try to hold down their business costs, and individuals looking for invaluable opportunities to learn the nuts and bolts of an exciting profession agree to work without pay, or for less than minimum wage.

Many of these unpaid internships are not only exploitative, but in fact violate the law.  If the “intern” is actually an employee, the intern is entitled to all the benefits and protections of the law that accompany employment, including minimum wage and overtime.

Virginia & Ambinder is among the leading firms representing interns who have filed cases attempting to recover unpaid wages from their employers.  These include intern-heavy industries ranging from fashion houses to large media organizations, such as Sony, CBS News, Universal Music Group, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger, among others.

If you have worked as an unpaid intern and you are performing work that benefits your employer, you might be entitled to receive minimum wages and overtime wages.  Contact us if you would like more information and to schedule a free consultation. You can also find out more information here:

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