Harrassing Interns Perfectly Legal!

A court has ruled that sexual harassment of unpaid interns is not a violation of Title VII because people who aren’t paid aren’t employees under the law.  Eugene Volokh has more.

It’s also true that treating interns as slaves doesn’t violate the 13th Amendment since, technically at least, interns volunteer for their servitude.

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  1. Bithead says:

    Heh. Someone tell Hillary… she coulda saved herself a lot of trouble, if she knew it was all legal.

  2. Dantheman says:

    “unplaid interns”

    So striped interns are right out. Got it.

  3. Brian says:

    “unplaid interns”

    That was a great Steve Martin flick, Dead Interns Don’t Wear Plaid.

  4. Bithead says:

    Ye may be able to harrass us legally… but ye’ll ne’er take our FREEDOM…..

    (OK, sorry)

  5. Ryan Brenizer says:

    Even more awesome because I’m in the process of hiring interns now.