Unpaid Interns Cannot Sue for Sexual Harassment
Get this: We want you to intern at our company. We’re not going to pay you. Everyone else will be paid – but you wont. Oh yeah, you’ll also be excluded from work benefits ….Are you following me so far?
But better yet – you’re going to like this – if you happen to be sexually harassed at the workplace…..(wait for it)……..YOU CAN’T SUE!
Anita Hill must be turning in her grave (if she were dead); Manhattan Federal Court Judge Kevin Castel tossed claim by Lihuan Wang, who says she was sexually harassed while working as an unpaid intern. Why? Because Wang wasn’t an official employee; the city’s human rights law covers only paid workers.
Lihuan Wang, 26, said her boss at Phoenix Satellite Television’s New York bureau grabbed her butt and tried to kiss her while she was an unpaid intern in 2010.
Conversely, this is great news for employers; time to stack the office with a lot of young, vulnerable interns – for a full day of “grab ass.”
Lets celebrate this groundbreaking slap to humanity by highlighting 5 NOTABLE SEXUAL HARRASSMENT CASES:
Anita Hill: In 1991, the law professor testified that she suffered sexual harassment by the soon-to-be-named Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas. Hill recounted an incident in which Thomas examined a can of Coke on his desk and asked, “Who has put pubic hair on my Coke?”
Bill Clinton: Smooth Bill was running for president in 1991. Paula Jones, a former Arkansas state employee, claimed that Clinton pulled down his pants and asked her for oral sex in a hotel room. Result: Clinton paid Jones just under one million dollars.
Ralph’s Grocery Store: Six female workers won a $30 million claim. Apparently, a store manager terrorized them for an entire year, both fondling them and throwing objects at them, including a 12-pack of soda and a phone.
Mark Foley: The former Republican congressman from Florida was caught sending emails to male congressional pages asking for fellatio and pictures of their penises. He would also send sexually explicit instant messages to young males.
Bill O’Reilly: In 2004, the FOX favorite was charged with sexual harassment and sued for $60 million by former producer for The O’Reilly Factor, Andrea Mackris. She claimed that O’Reilly would sexually harass her and make crude comments about masturbation, threesomes, and Caribbean shower fantasies. O’Reilly replied – after paying an undisclosed sum: “Shut up!”