A reader comments at my recent article In the dining room, an OOPs moment:
You may have hit on to something really big here. I recently learned that an acquaintance is doing an unpaid internship for 6 months in order to possibly get a paying job as a paralegal. At a major Vancouver law firm. How pervasive is this?
Mind you, if major firms in the law industry are improperly using unpaid interns, there won’t be a rush of legal factories wanting to start a class action lawsuit.
However, if labour law is being routinely ignored and unenforced in British Columbia, chances of a class action suit succeeding are good. Ontario courts recently certified a class action for an unpaid overtime claim by current and former employees of investment company BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.
If anyone wants to participate, I can put them in touch with a lawyer not afraid to act. You can email me at the address shown at the upper right.
Fairmont Hotel is not one of our good corporate citizens. The company is owned by capital pools in USA, Saudia Arabia and Cayman Islands. It would be interesting to know if any corporate income tax is paid in Canada or if the income moves to convenient tax havens.
The Canadian Intern Association offers information and resources. It also discusses Fairmont HERE.