FASHION NEWS: CONDÉ NAST CLOSES UNPAID INTERN LAWSUIT
Just when you thought there were no more interns left to sue their former employers that “did them wrong” we receive the latest news surrounding last summer’s lawsuit involving Condé Nast and disgruntled former interns.
Last June, two former Condé Nast interns (specifically for W Magazine and The New Yorker) filed a class-action lawsuit against the publication powerhouse, which has recently come to a close. Lauren Ballinger and Matthew Leib, who filed the suit in U.S. District Court in New York, had been allegedly paid below minimum wage while working for both publications, which violated the New York labor law. Just five months after the allegation, Condé Nast discontinued their unpaid internship program.
Last Friday, April 4th, Condé Nast’s Chief Executive Officer Charles Townsend issued a memo clearly stating that the case, Ballinger v. Advance Magazine Publishers Inc., was in the process of settling.
As reported in The Wrap, Townsend states, “We are, and have always been, extremely proud of the internship experiences that were offered at Condé Nast. Our internships were considered some of the best in the industry, providing students with unparalleled learning opportunities outside of the classroom. We believe that settling the lawsuit at this time is the right business decision for Condé Nast.”
Condé Nast’s attorneys are still finalizing the details of the settlement which are not likely to be released to the public.