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Intern Lawsuits Hit Fashion Industry

Runway Models

February 24, 2015

Internship class actions are continuing apace so far this year, notably in the fashion industry, according to a post in the Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe employment law and litigation blog. Three companies – Devanlay, parent company of Lacoste, House of Z and Burberry – join last year’s lists of fashion industry defendants, which featured some higher profile names like Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein and Gucci. This post includes a summary of the Department of Labor’s six criteria for helping to determine if an internship program will remain outside the authority of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the statute that underlies these suits. Item one on that list is that the program provide training similar to what would be given in an educational environment, so it’s no surprise that all three complainants in the 2015 actions described here have at least one claim in common: that their intern stint did not include academic or vocational training.

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