RodneyRuxin wrote:Kafkaesquire wrote:A. Nony Mouse wrote:Kafkaesquire wrote:It's obvious to me that the FLSA was intended to prevent employeed from being scammed. It does not, in my opinion, say it is illegal for someone to offer their services to a place of business (a for-profit, I guess, is the correct term) free of charge.
No, it does. See this: http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.htm
(Internships with for-profits usually fail on this requirement: "The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded." Also that the training would be similar to that found in an educational institution.)
In a completely unbiased way, I can say that arguably my time at this firm could meet all six requirements. I wrote that settlement brochure in like two weeks, dude. The main partner asked me to hand it to him for like six consecutive days. I was slowing that process down a lot. He expected me to hand it over in like two days (a joke, IMO).
And another attorney taught me how to write the brochure, taught me valuable writing skills, gave me her personal writing guide, etc. I am also, on a daily basis, asking questions and receiving answers about the definition of legal words and proceedings. I am visiting real trials, and learning what goes on there, even if to a minuscule extent. This isn't a case of Stockholm's syndrome. I'm not being scammed. This isn't a bad scenario.
And to the clueless poster below (Desert Fox), what you said is true, but I'm not an employee. That has already been established.
OP you seem like a dick and I get that you want your summer job to sound cool and your connections to pay off but this forum generally deals with an entirely different league of firms and attorneys and an unpaid UG job doesn't make you a special snowflake.
Okay, I get that, and I need to get over myself. Really. I thought it would make me a little special, and maybe I have a big ego, but I can get over that. For now, I'm just going to work toward leveraging this to get a paid position (I am not going to accept another unpaid position. One is fine, it gets my foot in the door. Two is too far.)
By the way, do you resort to name calling when you bring up points so confidently and then fail to prove them, or what it something I said?