Another day, another unpaid intern lawsuit. Gawker Media, a Manhattan media news and gossip site, is the latest to be hit with the legal ramifications of a former intern. On Friday, the digital publishing company and its founder Nick Denton was slapped with labor claims in New York federal court by three former interns, who say they worked on the company's blogs without receiving educational benefit or pay.
According to the unnamed interns' complaint (which was obtained by Bloomberg and alleges violations of state and federal wage and labor laws), “Gawker employs numerous ‘interns,' paying them nothing or underpaying them and utilizing their services to publish its content on the Internet, an enterprise that generates significant amounts of revenue for Gawker." Bloomberg reports that the interns in this case say they performed tasks that included writing, researching, editing, promoting articles on social media and moderating comment forums.
In the past week alone, former Conde Nast interns and Warner Music Group interns filed two separate lawsuits, stemming from unpaid internships. Also, the former Harper's Bazaar intern, who brought suit against Hearst Corp., is reportedly in the process of filing an appeal after a S.D.N.Y. judge ruled on Hearst's behalf. In order to prevail, this group of plaintiffs will have to do a better job showing that there was some uniformity amongst the interns, as this was the element that the Hearst interns failed to prove.