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Steve Duin on unpaid internships

6/15/2013: In the Oregonian, here:

… And Brad Avakian, Oregon’s labor commissioner, assures me he is anxious to prosecute an equally egregious case here. 

“If an intern comes to us and says, ‘I think I’m doing free work for my employer,’ we will investigate the case,” Avakian said Friday. “If they are there for the benefit of the employer, and not their educational experience, we will order the employer to pay them what they’re owed. 

“I don’t have to go to a court … (or) the attorney general’s office. All the authority is invested in my position.”

Start with the football players: unpaid internships with brain damage.

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