New York State passes Law

Banning Discrimination against

Unpaid Interns


Joins Oregon, D.C., NYC

             Governor Cuomo recently signed a bill from the New York State legislature amending the stateís human rights law that protects unpaid interns from discrimination and retaliation, including harassment.

             Under this law an intern is a person who performs work for an employer for  the purpose of training where there is no commitment to hire the person, there is an agreement that the person will be paid no wages, and the work performed provides training that will enhance the personís employability, otherwise benefits him, does not displace a regular employee, and is carried out under close staff supervision.

            The new law specifically bans all harassment, including sexual harassment, forcing a pregnant intern to take a leave of absence, and discrimination on the basis of the internís protected EEO classification.