Kenneth Cole Hit With Latest NY Unpaid Intern Class Action

By Kurt Orzeck (December 4, 2014, 4:07 PM EST) -- Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. is the latest high-fashion retailer to be accused of not paying its interns for work that doesn't qualify as education or training, according to a proposed class action filed Tuesday in New York court.

Lead plaintiff Oluseyl Shay Awogbile says he and all other unpaid interns who worked for Kenneth Cole in New York over the past six years were improperly classified as minimum wage-exempt employees.

The defendant has had the policy since October 2008 through the present, even though interns — as persons employed for hire — are employees as understood under New York labor law,...

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