Have you done an internship with Bell Media? Do you know someone who has? We are calling on all former and present Bell interns to e-mail us at email@example.com.
You can ask to remain anonymous or tell us who you are. We want to know about your experience as an intern at Bell, including (but not limited to) those who have done the Bell Professional Management Program.
We need help from interns for a case against Bell Media.
Jainna Patel was an unpaid intern with the Bell Professional Management Program. She eventually left the program because she felt the interns were replacing paid staff members and entitled to at least the minimum wage for their work. Patel filed a complaint with the Canada Labour Program. After conducting an investigation, the inspector Liela Handanovic rejected the complaint and found that Bell was not required to pay her wages.
Patel has appealed the decision and Dewart Gleason LLP has agreed to take the case on pro bono. This summer a Referee Hearing will take place to determine whether Patel was entitled to wages and whether Bell Media is required to pay their interns.
To learn more about Patel’s case, see:
- CBC – Bell accused of breaking labour law with unpaid interns
- CTV News – Unpaid internships exploit young workers
- Youth and Work – Why can’t Bell Media pay its interns?
- Toronto Star – Unpaid intern’s claim for wages rejected