In the Guardian you can read how ‘Life in the Fast Lane’ columnist Tyler Brule’s hundred million dollar publishing empire, Monocle, keeps costs down. It’s not that complicated, actually. It does it by exploiting those desperate to break into the world of publishing. It pays them only £3.53 an hour. No wonder it’s making “more money than ever before.”
Monocle has three shifts a day. Those shifts are integral to its business. Workers contribute to content, conduct research, assist in the running of the office and radio show, act as receptionist, clean the radio studios, book guests, sort and distribute mail, book taxis, fact check and write for the magazine. But Monocle calls these workers interns and denies them even minimum wage.
The story is by one of those interns, Amalia Illgner. It features heated toilet seats with a ‘spa’ function, interns who must look “put together and professional” because “important people are often touring our offices,” and flights to Milan to hand-deliver urgent books and magazines to Tyler.
For bad employers, all publicity is bad publicity. But Monocle’s bad day won’t end there. The Good Law Project is helping Amalia sue Monocle for minimum wage. We have organised a crack team – Bruce Carr QC and Georgia Hicks instructed by leading global law firm, Dentons. And you can read her claim against Monocle here.
The Good Law Project and Amalia are incredibly grateful to Bruce, Georgia and Dentons. They have agreed to act without charge – which means the Good Law Project does not need money to fund this case. Amalia, regardless, will see justice be done.