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FLSA Suits Reach Another Record High in 2014, Cases Pass 8,000

05/20/2014

CHICAGO (May 19, 2014) - Leading law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP has released information charting another record year for federal wage and hour lawsuits filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in 2014, marking the seventh straight year of increases in these cases.

In data obtained from the Federal Judicial Center, 8,126 FLSA cases were filed in 2014, up nearly 5 percent from 2013 which saw 7,764 cases filed. FLSA cases have exploded across the country, rising 438% since 2000. (For more details, see Seyfarth’s complete chart of federal FLSA claims filed between 1990 – 2014).

“The wage and hour litigation epidemic continues, and we expect this trend to expand further in the coming year,” said Richard Alfred, chair of Seyfarth’s Wage & Hour Litigation practice. “While the rise we’ve seen in FLSA cases is astonishing, these numbers are also just one part of the equation. They would be even higher if wage and hour lawsuits filed in state courts under state pay practices, data which isn’t readily available, were added.”

Looking ahead, Alfred believes several factors will fuel the continued rise of FLSA lawsuits during the next 12 months:

  • The tightening of the federal standards for class certification has driven plaintiffs’ attorneys to file many single and multi-plaintiff lawsuits if and when class certification is denied or a class is decertified.
  • Talk of raising the minimum wage has increased focus on wage and hour laws and the availability of overtime pay.
  • President Obama’s recent directive to the Secretary of Labor to revise the regulations on “white collar” exemptions has, as it did the last time the regulations were amended in 2004, caused employees to pay more attention to wage and hour policies and practices.

For more detailed perspective from Seyfarth on this latest FLSA data, please visit Seyfarth’s Wage & Hour Litigation Blog here.

About Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw has more than 800 attorneys and provides a broad range of legal services in the areas of labor and employment, employee benefits, litigation, corporate and real estate. With offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco, Shanghai, Sydney and Washington, D.C., Seyfarth’s clients include over 300 of the Fortune 500 companies and reflect virtually every industry and segment of the economy. A recognized leader in delivering value and innovation for legal services, Seyfarth’s acclaimed SeyfarthLean client service model has earned numerous accolades from a variety of highly respected third parties, including industry associations, consulting firms and media. For more information, please visit www.seyfarth.com.

Contact: Brian Kiefer, Director of Public Relations
(312) 460-6401, bkiefer@seyfarth.com