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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the third piece of legislation since his 100 days of office — a bill protecting unpaid interns against sexual harassment.
De Blasio put the pen to the paper on April 15, officially making sexual harassment on interns in the workplace against the law.
Under this new legislation, interns whether paid or not, will be fully protected under the human rights law, which means they will be treated like the average employee on company payroll.
“New York City is fortunate to have one of the most expansive human rights laws in the nation,” the mayor said as he prepared to sign the legislation in the Blue Room. “More work, nevertheless, is needed to ensure that New Yorkers are fully protected from discrimination. This legislation will clarify that interns, paid or unpaid, are guaranteed the full protections guaranteed to employees under the human rights law.”