Fordham Law

Judgement Day: There's Finally a Law to Protect Underage Models

Susan Scafidi in DIY Fashion, October 28, 2013

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It’s been an ongoing problem for decades, and now models under the age of 18 have official legal protection as minors.

Over the summer, the New York State Government passed new labor legislation that was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday (October 21), preventing underage posers from being subjected to grueling work conditions and ridiculously long hours.

Fordham University Fashion Law Institute director Susan Scafidi told press, “I’d argue that it’s one of the biggest developments in a century, bringing a whole new group under legal protection.”

“The easiest way to avoid fees, paperwork, monitoring and potential penalties is simply to use models 18 and over — and to ask the agencies and casting directors with whom you work to assist you in checking models’ ages.”

Companies in violation of the new law will pay $1000 for their first offense and $2000 per violation thereafter.