There are a number of laws that dictate what behavior is acceptable in the workplace. For example, employees are protected by law from being discriminated against or harassed based on age, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation and national origin. However, not everyone is protected under this law.
Interns, or unpaid workers, are not protected by these laws because, by definition, they are not considered employees. This has created a gray area when it comes to defining their roles and establishing protections for interns. As it stands now, many interns have tried unsuccessfully to hold an employer accountable for harassment or discrimination. But could that be changing soon?