High above Park Avenue attorney Adam Klein tells me he’ll help me sue The Observer. He’s a partner at Outten & Golden, the law firm suing the Hearst Corporation, Fox Searchlight and The Charlie Rose Show on behalf of former unpaid interns just like me.
I began my internship at The Observer in January. This article is one of the fruits of my unpaid labor. See that advertisement? That’s a source of revenue that will never trickle down quite this far.
Mr. Klein believes that in New York, there are hundreds of thousands of us—perhaps a million nationwide—all working for free, deprived of basic worker protections and rights. I barely began describing my job—working 10 to 6, four days a week, writing and researching news stories for the web—before he identified me as yet another powerless and exploited low level employee.
“I would take your case,” he said. Read More