Today, the Federal Judicial Center released its annual statistics of the types of lawsuits filed in federal courts throughout the country. The result for wage and hour lawsuits? A remarkable increase of 10% for the reporting year ended March 2013 over the previous 12-month period.
7,764 federal wage and hour lawsuits were filed from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013 (the reporting year used by the FJC) as compared to 7,064 filed during the previous reporting year. This sharp increase only applies to federal, not state court cases. We suspect (although precise data is not available) that state court filings, especially in key states like California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, have at least similar increases in state court wage and hour lawsuits.
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