Black Intern Loses Bias Lawsuit as Unpaid Job Falls Outside Law

June 15, 2021, 8:52 PM

A Black Temple University student lacks race bias and retaliation claims against a Philadelphia opioid treatment facility where he interned because he was unpaid and thus not a covered “employee” under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a federal judge ruled.

The U.S. Supreme Court has never set a specific test for determining when volunteers or interns are considered employees for purposes of the country’s primary workplace bias law, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said. There’s also “no binding Third Circuit authority” on the issue, the court said.

But most other federal appeals ...

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