Ad Agency Arnold Worldwide Sued By Unpaid Interns

By Kat Greene (June 16, 2014, 9:32 PM EDT) -- A former intern for Arnold Worldwide LLC filed a putative class action in New York state court on Monday against the advertising agency, alleging it broke state labor laws when it refused to pay interns but had them perform the work of regular employees.

The Boston-based agency best known for creating Progressive Insurance's upbeat spokeswoman "Flo" employed intern Mollie Ableman in the summer of 2008, according to the suit. Ableman alleges she received no pay or class credit for her work, counter to New York labor laws.

The company maintains a policy of forcing interns to work for free in order...

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