NY judge: Unpaid interns can't sue for sexual harrassment

Katherine  Timpf
Former Reporter

Unpaid interns cannot sue their workplaces for sexual harassment under New York law.

A New York district judge has ruled that unpaid interns cannot sue for sexual harassment because they are not technically employees, and therefore not covered by the New York Human Rights Law.

Lihuan Wang, 26, said that while she was an unpaid intern in 2010, her boss at Phoenix Satellite Television’s New York bureau invited her and other female interns to his hotel room under the guise of business — but then touched her inappropriately and tried to kiss her, according to the lawsuit.

"Protection of employees does not extend to unpaid interns,” Manhattan Federal Court Judge Kevin Castel wrote Oct. 3.

Read more at New York Daily News

Katherine  Timpf

Katherine Timpf

Former Reporter
Katherine Timpf is a former reporter for Campus Reform. Kat currently works for National Review and Fox News, where she regularly appears on hit programs such as Outnumbered, Fox and Friends, and The Greg Gutfeld Show. She is also a stand-up comic, and performs at venues throughout the country.
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