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Introduced in House (01/24/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 651


To protect unpaid interns from workplace harassment and discrimination.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 24, 2017

Mr. Cummings (for himself, Ms. Meng, Mr. Scott of Virginia, and Ms. Norton) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce


A BILL

To protect unpaid interns from workplace harassment and discrimination.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Unpaid Intern Protection Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Unlawful discrimination against interns.

It shall be unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an intern on the basis of—

(1) race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or age, or

(2) disability if such intern is a qualified individual with a disability.

SEC. 3. Procedures.

The procedures applicable to a claim for a violation of this Act are—

(1) with respect to alleged discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, the procedures applicable for a claim for a violation of title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq.),

(2) with respect to alleged discrimination based on age, the procedures applicable for a violation of Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 U.S.C. 621 et seq.), and

(3) with respect to alleged discrimination based on a disability, the procedures applicable for a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12111 et seq.).

SEC. 4. Remedies.

The district courts of the United States shall have jurisdiction to grant such legal and equitable relief as may be appropriate for a violation of this Act.

SEC. 5. State Immunity.

A State shall not be immune under the eleventh article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States from an action in a court of the United States for a violation of this Act. In an action against a State for a violation of this Act, remedies (including remedies at law and in equity) are available for the violation to the same extent as such remedies are available in an action against any public or private entity other than a State.

SEC. 6. Definitions.

For purposes of this Act:

(1) DISABILITY.—The term “disability” has the meaning given such term as applied in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.).

(2) EMPLOYER.—The term “employer” has the meaning given such term in—

(A) section 701 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000e) with respect to discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin,

(B) section 11 of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 U.S.C. 630) with respect to discrimination based on age, and

(C) section 101 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12111) with respect to discrimination based on disability.

(3) INTERN.—The term “intern” means an individual who performs uncompensated voluntary service for an employer, to earn credit awarded by an educational institution or to learn a trade or occupation.

(4) qUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL WITH A DISABILITY.—The term “qualified individual with a disability” has the meaning given such term in section 101 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12111).

(5) STATE.—The term “State” has the meaning given such term in—

(A) section 701 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000e) with respect to discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin,

(B) section 11 of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 U.S.C. 630) with respect to discrimination based on age, or

(C) section 4 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12103) with respect to discrimination based on disability.