(Lauren Evans) Here's some depressing news for unpaid interns: Not only are you doing a job for which you are receiving no compensation, you are also disempowered to take action if you're being sexually harassed by your boss! Because see, the thing about bosses is that in order to have one, you have to be an employee. Which you are not.
A U.S. District Court judge ruled last week that Lihuan Wang, who served as an unpaid intern at Phoenix Satellite Television U.S.'s New York bureau in early 2010, could not bring a claim of sexual harassment against her boss, Zhengzhu Liu, after he reportedly sexually harassed and groped her, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. This is because, according to the New York City Human Rights Law, unpaid interns are not covered by the Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The "absence of remuneration" means that "the "essential condition to the existence of an employer-employee relationship" isn't there.
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