Apparently, it’s totally fine to forcefully grope people...if they’re unpaid interns.
Imagine you are an unpaid intern. Your boss makes unwanted sexual advances, squeezes you tightly, tries to kiss you, and even grabs your butt. You feel like your position - and the possibility of a paid gig - might be tied to these advances. You're trapped. So you file a sexual harassment claim. Then the company fires you.
This actually happened. (And, we suspect, it happens quite often.)
In a recent court case, the judge threw out the intern’s claim, noting that “protection of employees does not extend to unpaid interns.”
Why this is wrong:
Over 51% of interns are unpaid. They’re often exploited because they’re young, vulnerable and, oh yeah, UNPAID. As the law stands, there’s nothing protecting them against sexual predators in the workplace.
(For the record, DoSomething totally loves, respects, and pays(!) our amazing interns.)
The bottom line: creeps shouldn’t get off on technicalities.
What YOU can do about it:
Sign this petition. It tells the New York City Council to - duh - protect unpaid interns from sexual harassment.
Make an IMMEDIATE impact with this NYC law. We’ll deliver your signatures to New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn before her term closes at the end of the year. With your support, we can inspire change across the country.
UPDATE: You've helped us reach nearly 10,000 signatures! We've received support from members of the New York City Council and will deliver your signatures at a key moment in the push for policy change. In the meantime, keep signing and sharing!