On March 3, 2014, NELA joined the National Employment Law Project (NELP), the Economic Policy Institute, the Writers Guild of America East, Ross Perlin and Professor David Yamada in submitting an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in support of plaintiff Xuedan Wang and similarly situated unpaid interns who were not compensated for their hours worked at The Hearst Corporation in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York state law. NELA members Adam Klein and Rachel Bien of Outten & Golden LLP represent the plaintiff and potential class. The issues raised by this case fit squarely within NELA’s amicus priorities of protecting workers’ wages and opposing wage theft.
The Hearst Corporation is one of the largest publishers of monthly magazines in the United States. Since 2008, Hearst has sought to reduce overhead and costs by eliminating paid positions and, at some magazines, directing that unpaid interns be hired. Hearst engaged over 3,000 interns from 2007 to 2013. Many of the interns worked more than 40 hours per week and Hearst did not dispute that some of the duties performed by the interns had been and were now being done by … Read More