The New York Times
Former New Yorker intern Matthew Leib and former W Magazine intern Lauren Ballinger are suing Conde Nast, saying they weren't paid minimum wage
. Their suit says Leib "was paid $300 to $500 for each summer he worked," Christine Haughney reports.
Ballinger tells Haughney she "was paid $12 a day to work in W’s accessories department."
She said that even one of the editors at W marveled how poor their work conditions were.
The editor said the job was reminiscent of Anne Hathaway’s job in “The Devil Wears Prada,” but worse, “because we don’t get any makeover in the end,” Ms. Ballinger said in the interview.
Leib and Ballinger asked for class action status for their suit, which like several other high-profile lawsuits regarding internships is being handled by the law firm Outten & Golden. The firm represented two interns who sued Fox Searchlight Pictures for their work on the 2010 film "The Black Swan"; a judge ruled Tuesday that Fox Searchlight violated labor laws