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Changes in FLSA overtime regulations raise litigation risks for employers, legal experts say

New FLSA overtime regulations set to go into effect in December 2016 are being called “the most significant change to the economy in a decade.”  Under the new rules, about 4.2 million workers will qualify for overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The new regulations may also affect about 8.9 million workers…

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Uber faces FLSA class action lawsuit on behalf of drivers nationwide over unpaid wages and tips

Uber Technologies has been hit with a FLSA class action lawsuit alleging that the ridesharing company violated federal labor laws. The lawsuit—filed in Illinois on behalf of Uber drivers nationwide—comes just one month after the company agreed to pay $100 million to settle a class action case filed on behalf of drivers in California and…

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Lawsuits filed in Texas over employer violations of FLSA unpaid overtime laws

Several recent lawsuits have been filed in Texas by workers who allege that they were not properly compensated for overtime work by their employers. The lawsuits allege that the companies violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), a federal law that guarantees a 40 hour work week and additional compensation for overtime work in excess…

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SEPTA agrees to $13.1 million settlement in bus, trolley drivers’ FLSA unpaid overtime lawsuit

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has agreed to a $13.1 million settlement with a group of bus and trolley drivers who sued the transit provider in a collective action against under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The lawsuit alleged that SEPTA had violated federal labor laws under the FLSA by failing to pay drivers…

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Uber faces potential California class action lawsuit over driver benefits and employment status

Uber is facing a potential class action lawsuit in California from drivers who allege that the ride-hailing service improperly treats them as independent contractors rather than employees. The drivers who filed the lawsuit against Uber assert that since they are employees, the company should be forced to reimburse them for expenses and tips that they…

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FLSA lawsuits filed over wage and hour violations climb for the second straight year

The number of wage and hour lawsuits filed by workers against their employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act rose for the second straight year in 2014, according to a recent analysis of U.S. federal court records. The numbers of FLSA lawsuits filed in federal court has risen sharply since 2002, prompting many employers to…

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Judge in Gawker interns class action rejects plan for settlement notifications for opt-in plaintiffs via social media

A group of interns who filed a class action lawsuit against Gawker for violations of FLSA overtime laws have lost their bid to notify potential opt-in plaintiffs of a settlement in the case via social media. U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan ruled that a proposal submitted by the Gawker interns to disseminate information about the…

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FLSA Lawsuits Alleged Unpaid Overtime and Other Labor Law Violations

Several recent lawsuits and class action claims have been filed by workers over allegations involving the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other labor laws: Court overturns ruling that denied certification in Applebee’s class action lawsuit The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of former Applebee’s employees who had filed a class action…

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Ruby Tuesday will pay $3 million settlement in FLSA unpaid overtime class action lawsuit

The restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday agreed to pay $3 million to settle a class action lawsuit filed against the company under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The lawsuit alleged that Ruby Tuesday had violated the FLSA by failing to properly pay employees for the hours that they had worked and for denying employees overtime…

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Iowa Supreme Court rules against woman fired for being ‘irresistible’ to married boss

The Iowa Supreme Court has just affirmed its earlier decision preventing a woman who was subject to sexual discrimination from suing her former employer. In the case of Nelson v. James H. Knight, DDA, former dental assistant Melissa Nelson sued her former employer after she was fired for allegedly being too “irresistible” to her married…

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Short-changed workers entitled to class action lawsuit despite individual damages calculations, federal appeals court rules

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a federal district court abused its discretion by rejecting a class action filed on behalf of current and former hourly employees of Medline Industries, Inc. The court of appeals has directed the district court to grant the plaintiff’s motion for class certification. Levya v. Medline Industries,…

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Olive Garden, Red Lobster face class action lawsuit for allegedly failing to pay servers properly

A class action lawsuit against the corporation behind Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse and other restaurants has been filed in federal court in Florida. The suit alleges that Darden Restaurants, Inc. and its related companies illegally cheat employees out of wages and overtime.