How many workers are losing their jobs to unpaid interns? ASK THIS | July 18, 2011 Writer Ross Perlin sees mounting public and private sector use of unpaid young workers and even older ones. In some instances, that’s a traditional way to get a foot in the door. But in many others it seems to be an abusive means of getting free help. Whatever happened to the principle that an honest day’s labor should be rewarded with a fair wage?