Federal Intern Protection Act of 2015by Representative Jason Chaffetz
Posted on 2016-01-11
CHAFFETZ. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the
bill (H.R. 3231) to amend title 5, United States Code, to protect
unpaid interns in the Federal government from workplace harassment and
discrimination, and for other purposes, as amended.
The Clerk read the title of the bill.
The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 3231 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 ``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 in-- ``(A) section 717 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 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 or to learn a trade or occupation.''.
(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''.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from Utah (Mr. Chaffetz) and the gentleman from Maryland (Mr. Cummings) each will control 20 minutes.
The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Utah.