When a U.S. federal judge ruled that Fox Searchlight had illegally not paid a couple of interns, people started to freak out. This is fantastic! Now all interns will be paid! Yeah, peace on earth! Prosperity for all!
Make no mistake. The law has not changed. This ruling is not shocking. The former interns won at the summary judgment phase, which means there was no courtroom drama. (“And then the boss told me to get lunch!” countered with, “He volunteered! It wasn’t part of his assigned duties!”) It just means that the court considered what happened and said, “Well, this was patently wrong.”
What has changed is people’s perceptions of the law. And while it is a good thing that companies will not be able to blatantly break the law, the end result will be bad for college students.
To keep reading, click here: Why the New Internship Ruling is Bad for College Students