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Federal Intern Protection Act of 2015

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Mr. President,

 

The following bill has passed in both houses of Congress, and is presented for your signature.

 

/s/ Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

/s/ Doug HillPresident Pro Tempore of the United States Senate

 

 

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IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

 

Mr. Davis of North Carolina, Mr. Paterson of Maryland, and Mrs. DuBois of New Hampshire, Mr. Shah of Michigan introduced the following bill with thanks to Ms. Baldwin of Wisconsin;

A BILL

To amend title 5, United States Code, to protect unpaid interns in the Federal Government from workplace harassment and discrimination, and for other purposes.

 

Section 1.Short title
This Act may be cited as the "Federal Intern Protection Act of 2015".

 

Sec. 2.Prohibited personnel practices

(a)In general

Section 2302 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

(g)

(1)All protections afforded to an employee under subparagraphs (A), (B), and (D) of subsection (b)(1) shall be afforded, in the same manner and to the same extent, to an intern and an applicant for internship.
(2)For purposes of the application of this subsection, a reference to an employee shall be considered a reference to an intern (and a reference to an applicant shall be considered to be a reference to an applicant for internship) in—

(A)section 717 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000e–1642 U.S.C. 2000e–1642 U.S.C. 2000e–1642 U.S.C. 2000e–1642 U.S.C. 2000e–16);
(B)sections 12 and 15 of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 U.S.C. 631, 633a); and
(C)section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 791).

(3)In this subsection, the term intern means an individual who performs uncompensated voluntary service in an agency to earn credit awarded by an educational institution described in section 3111(a) or to learn a trade or occupation.
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(b)Conforming amendment

Section 3111(c)(1) of title 5, United States Code, is amended by inserting section 2302(g) (relating to prohibited personnel practices), before chapter 81.

 

Sec. 3. Plain English Summary

This bill extends protections against discrimination in the workplace based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability to interns (individuals who perform uncompensated voluntary service in an agency to earn credit awarded by an educational institution or to learn a trade or occupation) and applicants for internships.

 

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