Is your unpaid internship legal?

By The Beacon | April 9, 2014 10:22pm

Maggie Smet |

With summer approaching, many UP students are looking for their dream internship. However, some of them may be too good to be true. Although an internship may be unpaid, there are both federal and state laws governing how an internship is supposed to work and what an intern’s rights are. Before you begin your internship, or even begin looking for one, know your rights!

If all of the following apply, you are considered an intern or trainee, and by Oregon law  do not legally have to be paid for your work:

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An intern is considered an employee, and therefore legally must be paid, if any of the following apply:

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Sexual Harassment protection for Oregon Interns:

Last June, Oregon passed a law that gives unpaid interns the right to sue for all types of discrimination and harassment, including race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status or age.