The Oregon Legislature agreed to extend workplace protections against harassment and discrimination to unpaid interns.
"I remember clearly going through legislative orientation and being shocked to learn that unpaid interns were not covered by important civil rights protections," Rep. Greg Matthews, D-Gresham, said in a statement. "Today's vote will help ensure that unpaid interns can gain valuable work experience without facing a hostile work environment."
The measure would give unpaid interns legal recourse against employers for workplace violations including sexual harassment; discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status or age; and retaliation for whistleblowing, among other things.
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