Lucy Bickerton, an intern between June and August in 2007, filed a lawsuit against US television talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose, saying that her internship violated labor laws because she did not receive training and was unpaid.
Because of lazy and greedy nitwits, we can soon kiss internship opportunities good-bye in this country. The cost of being sued overwhelmingly outweighs any possible benefit of an unskilled, untrained, temporary intern so any risk analysis at all would determine that a company should not permit internships under this legal environment. Quite often an unpaid internship can actually result in a job. This development obviously restricts the opportunities for young people without experience to get employment. Eager interns can take advantage of such opportunities to take responsibility and seek out situations where knowledge can be gained from the experienced people around them. A bad attitude can certainly result in an intern not learning anything because you only get out of the experience what you put into it. Unfortunately, many will suffer from this person’s lack of initiative and sense of entitlement.