Judge to Intern: You Can't Sue Over Sex Harassment
Because she's not a paid employee
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2013 11:51 AM CDT
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(Newser) – If you thought being unpaid was the worst part about being an "unpaid intern," consider this: A judge has ruled that a female intern can't sue her male boss on a sexual harassment claim because she is not an employee and thus not entitled to the usual employee protections, reports BuzzFeed. The complaint comes from New York City, where a 26-year-old woman says her boss asked her to accompany him to his hotel room to drop off some things, then took off his coat, put his arms around her, and asked, "Why are you so beautiful?"

She left the room and says the same supervisor later invited her to Atlantic City when she inquired about jobs at the company, Phoenix Satellite Television US. She then filed suit, but the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that she's not eligible to do so under the city's Human Rights Law because she's not technically an employee, reports BusinessWeek.

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Oct 10, 2013 8:05 PM CDT
It's a shame people get emotionally involved and question judges decision. Inconstant and vaguely defined sexual harassment laws will effect female employment. According to this 55% of men want to work in male only environment. There should be concrete guidelines on what constitutes as sexual harassment. At current state it is one sided and there are zero protection for male employees. Sociosexual structure is partially responsible since males are expected to peruse females. There is a interesting study on sexual harassment in high school but the real issue here of course, is legal protection of interns, regardless of gender.
Lefty_Libby
Oct 10, 2013 5:11 PM CDT
Well, if internships are 'uncompensated' there is no point in doing one. If you aren't receiving anything of value, like contacts, references, expertise, or college credits -- then there is no reason to be an intern. The judge is an idiot. There is no such thing as an uncompensated internship. Don't interns report to their employers and follow the employer's directions as to schedules and duties? That is the very definition of the employer/employee relationship. ACLU, NOW and NLRB, please get after this case.
TomMaker
Oct 10, 2013 9:49 AM CDT
Oh boo hoo, a man put his arm around a woman and said she is beautiful. Boo hoo, now the woman is sooo upset she is going to sue for a million dollars. Just another greedy woman using her sex to get ahead or free money or to play a victim.