On June 19, 2015, Governor Dannel P. Malloy (D) signed legislation that prohibits Connecticut employers from discriminating against or sexually harassing any unpaid interns. Public Act No. 15-56, makes clear that unpaid interns—while not technically considered employees under Connecticut law—are to be afforded the same protections from discrimination and sexual harassment as all paid employees. The law defines “intern” and identifies the prohibited conduct. In passing this legislation, Connecticut joins a number of other states, including Oregon, New York, Illinois and California, who have adopted similar laws affording protection to unpaid interns. The law becomes effective on October 1, 2015.