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Can Unpaid Interns Sue for Harassment, Discrimination?

Let's face it, interns have it rough. When they're not overworked and underpaid, they're battling the "casting couch" and enduring crude jokes -- sadly, with little to no legal recourse available.

When unpaid internships take an abusive turn, some interns have sued their employers, as Mother Jones recently reported. But because of how state and federal employment laws are written, most cases don't get very far in court.

What about in Illinois? Can unpaid interns sue for harassment or discrimination in Chi-town?