Condé Nast ends internship program after back pay lawsuit

(WJLA) - When given the choice between paying or not paying their interns, Condé Nast has apparently decided to do away with them altogether.

The Huffington Post reports that the magazine publishing giant is ending its internship program entirely after a spate of lawsuits demanding back pay from former interns.

One of those suits was filed against them by two former interns who said they were paid less than $1 per hour to do the work of full and part-time staffers, the report says.

The New York City-based publishing house is behind several high-profile magazines, including Vogue, GQ, Wired, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.

A number of media outlets have faced litigation over intern wages over the past several months. Beyond Condé Nast, Gawker Media and Fox Searchlight Pictures have both been sued by ex-interns for back pay.