We're all well-versed in the predictable shenanigans of The Devil Wears Prada. It's really no secret that assistants in the fashion and media industry work long hours, slogging away well into the night to complete menial assignments dished out by their superiors with little or no thanks, and some of the time, little or no respect. But to be fair, that's their job. Heck, many would say they're lucky to have the job at all. They get paid to "start somewhere." Interns on the other hand, do not. And this, it seems, is where the lines get blurry and lawsuits get filed.
Last week, Xuedan Wang, a brave unpaid intern at Harper's Bazaar, filed a lawsuit (potentially on behalf of hundreds of unpaid interns, if it turns into a class action case) accusing the magazine's publisher, Hearst Corporation, of violating federal and state wage and hour laws by not paying her, even though she often worked full time (40-55 hours a week, allegedly).