Hearst tries to get former interns on its side in unpaid internships lawsuit

New York Magazine

Hearst lawyers are preparing to defend themselves against a class-action lawsuit from unpaid interns, by reaching out to former interns who might attest to "the opportunities and experiences they received."

New York Magazine reprinted an email that it says was sent to a number of former Harper's Bazaar interns asking if they would talk to a Hearst lawyer.

As Poynter previously reported, Diana Wang, former “Head Accessories Intern” at Harper’s Bazaar, sued Hearst for not paying her. Lawyers estimate about 3,000 former interns may be eligible to join the class, but as of September only three others had done so.

Hearst requires that interns receive college credit for their experiences, and a Hearst VP previously told Poynter that Wang "misrepresented that she was a student, when in fact, she was not."

Earlier: How to tell when unpaid internships are opportunities, when they’re an abuse | News organizations should rethink unpaid internships

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