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Unpaid Intern Workplace Protection – Carter Mario Law Firm

No one wants to be the target of workplace harassment or discrimination. From the emotional distress to the toxic work environment, it can affect a large portion of your workplace. Legally there are policies that make it illegal for an employee or fellow employee to harass or discriminate against another employee. What had not always been clear prior to now was how much an unpaid intern would be covered by these policies.

On June 22, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute that extends workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation protections to unpaid interns. As a result of this decision, unpaid interns now have the same rights and protections as employees covered by the Connecticut Fair Employees Practices Act or CPA.

While the definition of an employer in the state of Connecticut is fairly broad (it includes any one or more individuals, partnerships, associations, corporations, limited liability companies, business trusts, legal representatives, or any organized group of persons engaged in business in the state that allows interns), the definition of an intern is quite a bit more specific. An intern is defined as an individual who performs work for an employer for the purpose of training. There are also multiple requirements that must be met in order for the position to be considered an internship under the new law.

Those qualifications are as follows:

If any of the above criteria is not met, the individual cannot be considered an intern under the new law.

We here at Carter Mario encourage a healthy and cooperative work environment and recognize the value that the experience of being an unpaid intern can have on an individual’s future. These interns perform a valuable service to employers while learning the practical knowledge of a workforce. Now they have the same rights and protections as those paid employees they work with so often.

Client Victories

We’ve Recovered Over $1 Billion for Clients
Just Like You


$17M

Rear-End Collision

Our client sustained a significant injury to his cervical spine after a rear-end crash. After receiving a low initial offer from the insurance company, we fought hard for our client to get him the settlement he deserved.

$4M

Medical Misdiagnosis

Our client’s doctor misread an x-ray causing a delayed diagnosis of sarcoma, which resulted in our client’s death.

$3.9M

Failure to Treat

Gastroenterologist and primary care doctor failed to treat or transfer our client who was hospitalized for GI bleeding, which resulted in our client’s death.

$3.4M

Failure to Diagnose

Our client’s doctors failed to diagnose him with abdominal cancer, resulting in his death.

$3.4M

Medical Malpractice

Our client suffered brain damage, paralysis, and speech deficits after undergoing a bedside procedure.

$3.3M

Brain Damage

Our client suffered brain damage after their breathing tube was misplaced.

$3M

Failure to Diagnose

Our client’s doctor failed to diagnose Fournier’s Gangrene, resulting in necrotizing fasciitis, sterility, abnormal gait, and muscle loss.

$2.6M

Personal Injury Resulting in Death

Our client, an innocent bystander to a bar room brawl, required surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon. After the surgery, our client developed a pulmonary embolism, resulting in his death.

$2.5M

Gas Poisoning

Our client suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning with cognitive loss after an on-site contractor ran gas engines during business hours.

Why choose Carter Mario?

We want justice and what’s best for you and your case. Here’s our promise:

  • A Team That Puts You First!

    Our clients are our #1 priority and everything we do is focused on getting you the best result! You are the reason we became lawyers. To the insurance company, you are no more than a claim number but to us, it’s personal. We’re here for you 24/7, 365 days a year. We communicate often and call you back the same day or lunch is on us. We believe an informed client is a happy client. You are the reason we fight!

  • Over $1 Billion Recovered!

    For over 30 years, we’ve fought fiercely and tirelessly against Big Insurance and won countless victories for our clients. You were already hurt physically when you came to us, but we make sure you aren’t hurt financially when you leave. Our goal is to give you a better tomorrow.

  • Experience On Your Side!

    No obstacle is too big. Our seasoned attorneys were handpicked and know how to hold the insurance companies accountable. We have experience in and out of the courtroom. Our attention to detail and in-depth investigation helps identify key evidence we use to prepare your case. Our attorneys have the knowledge, the dedication, and the passion it takes to win. They love what they do.

  • We Have a Large War Chest!

    When we go to trial, we are battle ready, but taking a case to trial takes more than confidence, experience, and commitment. It takes cutting edge technology and a War Chest to support the costs of zealous representation. Many firms aren’t willing or don’t have the resources and financial stability to front your costs and maximize your case. We’ll spend whatever it takes to get you every penny you deserve!

  • Making the Law Make Sense!

    At Carter Mario Law Firm, our mission is to make the law make sense. You’ve been injured and it wasn’t your fault. Life is suddenly overwhelming and confusing, and you don’t know where to turn. You need help, but it matters who you get. Let us come to your rescue. We’ll do the work, so you don’t have to. You can focus on you!

You Pay Us Nothing Until
We Win Your Case

Call (203) 876-2711 or Contact Us For a No-Obligation Case Evaluation. Our attorneys are standing by to evaluate your case, answer any questions, or discuss your next steps. Getting the compensation you deserve starts here!



    Client Testimonials

    Such a great experience

    "I had such a great experience with Carter Mario Law Firm. Everyone was amazing, helpful and comforting during this stressful time."

    - Michelle P.

    It felt really good to have someone

    "My son suffered an injury after being hurt in a car accident, and it felt really good to have someone fighting for the person you love."

    - Alex M.

    Tough and fearless

    "Look no further, you have found the best personal injury law firm in Connecticut. Tough and fearless, and I cannot think of anyone better to represent me."

    - Phillip Y.

    Attention to detail

    "Look no further, you have found the best personal injury law firm in Connecticut. Tough and fearless, and I cannot think of anyone better to represent me."

    - John L.

    Took so much stress off of me

    "When I had my work-related injury, Carter Mario took on the workers’ comp insurance company that tried to belittle me and dealt with them, which took so much stress off of me. Thank you so much."

    - Ruth H.