The number of lawsuits filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act reached an all-time high last year.
During the 12-month period ending June 30, 2010, 7,028 FLSA lawsuits were filed in federal district courts nationwide, according to statistics recently released by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.
Waiters, bartenders and other tipped employees may spend no more than 20 percent of their time on “general preparation work or maintenance” duties, such as setting tables, making coffee or washing dishes, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Workers who sued their employer for alleged overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act did not thereby give up their right to claim retaliation against that employer in a later lawsuit, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has found.
An employee who was transferred to a new position was not a new “applicant” free from having to undergo medical examinations, as set out in the Americans With Disabilities Act, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.
Republican Senators have blocked the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would have amended the Fair Labor Standards Act to limit the factors by which an employer may pay employees of the opposite sex with similar duties at different wage levels to “bona fide” factors such as “education, training or experience.”
An employee’s announcement to his employer that he intends to return to active duty military service can trigger protections for the worker under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
A jury recently awarded a single police officer who had been fired by the Los Angeles Police Department $4 million, illustrating the high costs that employers face if they take actions that could be viewed as retaliatory under the Fair Labor Standards Act.