Intern Bill of Rights: Unintended Consequences to Follow?
NY Times article reported on a court ruling in favor of a couple
interns who claimed they were not fairly paid for their work. Author
Steve Greenhouse points out that while it could be a victory for the
litigants, ultimately it could bode poorly for internship programs.
Legal precedence is widely referenced and applied by legal teams, and
is notoriously difficult to overturn. This particular internship involved
work on a movie production set, but expect the decision to ripple through
to even engineering and science business programs. An estimated 1,000,000
internships are hosted each year in America, a significant portion of
which could be eliminated out of an abundance of caution and fear of
being sued. Is this another "careful what you wish for, you might just
get it" scenario?