Violations En Vogue? Labor and Employment Laws Concerning Fashion Models and Interns
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
- Location -
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019-6119
THIS PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT
Program 5:30 - 8:30p.m.
The event will address
labor and employment law issues as they relate to fashion models and
fashion design interns.
The use of
unpaid interns is widespread in the fashion industry, as well as many
other industries. The U.S. Department of Labor has a set of
criteria that employers must meet for an internship to be legal.
Some argue that internships routinely fail to meet this criteria.
A number of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of interns. This
panel will discuss the use of unpaid interns, with particular emphasis
on its use in the fashion industry. It will explore ways in which
employers can ensure they are adhering to state and federal guidelines
governing the use of unpaid interns.
~Moderator~ Gary D.
Friedman, Esq., Employment Litigation Partner, Weil, Gotshal
& Manges LLP
~Speakers~ Laurel George, Ph.D,
Adjunct Assistant Professor, New York University Laura Lestrade, Esq., Senior Attorney, Dorsey
& Whitney, LLP Deborah McNamara,
Esq., Attorney, designer and Fashion Law
Professor, New York Law School Ross Perlin, Author, Intern Nation Elizabeth Wagoner, Esq. Associate, Outten
& Golden LLP
Because models are typically considered independent
contractors (as opposed to employees), they do not benefit from the
protection afforded U.S. employees. Some argue that this leads to
poor working conditions that would be illegal in the traditional
workplace such as unpaid wages, sexual harassment and violations of
child labor laws. The panel will explore these issues and discuss
ways they can be addressed.
Viola,Esq., Former Model, Associate at
Tracy Agyemang, Esq., Trial Attorney, US Department of
Labor Barbara Coleman, Talent Agent, Innovative
Artists Gary D. Friedman, Esq., Employment
Litigation Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
LLP Doreen Small, Esq., Of
Counsel at Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe, adjunct professor
at Fordham’s Fashion Law Institute Sara
Ziff, Model, Founder/Director of Model Alliance
Following the program there will be a trunk show and hors
The last day to pre-register online was February 10, 2013.
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