A federal court ruling last week in New York that an unpaid TV intern had no legal basis for filing a sexual harassment claim is shining a spotlight on a loophole in the law in many states.
U.S. District Court judge P. Kevin Castel found that the intern, Lihuan Wang, did not have the right to sue after her supervisor allegedly groped her and then denied her a job. Because Wang was unpaid, she could not technically be considered an "employee" under New York law, and for that reason had no standing to file the suit, Castel ruled.
"You have no protection from sexual harassment in the workplace in most states," said Lynne Bernabei, the plaintiff's attorney.
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