The lawsuit, “Ballinger v. Advance Magazine Publishers, Inc.,” was filed in U.S. District Court in New York last June by Lauren Ballinger and Matthew Leib, who alleged they had been paid below minimum wage for their respective summer internships at W magazine and The New Yorker. About four months later, Condé Nast decided it would discontinue its internship program.
According to a staff memo, Levy reported, C.E.O. Chuck Townsend said “We believe that settling the lawsuit at this time is the right business decision for Condé Nast.” The terms of the settlement are still being worked out, Townsend wrote.
Condé Nast shut down its intern program in October of last year. According to an October story from Poynter, “Poynter began hosting Medill students as interns earlier this year and decided to start paying them after Medill asked participating outlets to consider doing so. Taylor Thomas, Poynter’s first Medill intern, wrote earlier this month about the strains of doing her internship for free.”