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Earlier this month, a set of former interns hit Conde Nast with a lawsuit, and now Gawker is feeling the heat from unpaid workers. Three people who held internships with the media outlet from 2008 and 2010 are suing because they worked 15—25 hours per week unpaid.
Unpaid internships are legal if they are part of an educational program, if the interns don't replace paid workers, and if the company does not gain a competitive advantage from the work the interns do. In the Gawker case, each of the interns says they wrote, edited, and lodged stories for the site. Additionally, they promoted the site on social media. The suit states that the use of interns keeps costs low and profit margins high. They're seeking lost wages.
· 'Interns' suing Gawker [NY Post]
· Former Interns Made Less Than $1/Hour, Sue Condé Nast [Racked NY]