Tag Archives: FLSA

The Fourth Circuit Refuses to Enforce Arbitration Clause and Class Action Waiver in Employment Contracts

As we have previously written, several Supreme Court decisions have upheld, in various contexts, arbitration agreements that waive the right to assert claims on a class basis. See, e.g., AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 563 U.S. 333 (2011); American Express Corp. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, 570 U.S. 333 (2013); DIRECTV, Inc. v. Imburgia, 577 U.S. … Continue Reading

Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo: The Supreme Court Declines to Rule Out Representative Evidence in Class Actions

In Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, 577 U.S. __ (2016), the Supreme Court considered whether a case could proceed as a class action under Rule 23(b)(3) when the plaintiffs relied upon statistical, representative evidence to show both the existence of injury and damages. On Tuesday, in a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court held that the … Continue Reading

Nevada Court Blesses Plaintiff’s Counsel Use of Facebook and Twitter to Advertise Pending Collective Action

The District of Nevada recently allowed Plaintiff’s counsel to solicit potential collective action members on Facebook and Twitter. In Gamble v. Boyd Gaming Corp., D. Nev., No. 2:13-cv-01009-JCM-PAL (Nov. 20, 2013), the plaintiff brought a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act on behalf of defendant’s employees that were allegedly required to work “off … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Enforces Class Action Waiver in FLSA Case Under AMEX

Editors’ Note:  This post was previously published on Baker’s Employment Class Action blog, and is reprinted with permission. The Sutherland v. Ernst & Young case raised a now familiar question and the Second Circuit gave an answer in keeping up with recent U.S. Supreme Court precedent.  The question was whether an employee could invalidate a … Continue Reading

IRS Says Class Action Settlement Incentive Awards in Wage Based Claims Are Taxable As Wages

On March 15, 2013, the IRS issued a private letter ruling responding to a request for a determination of whether incentive awards paid to class representatives under a settlement agreement resolving a class action suit against an employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act were wages for employment tax purposes.  In the Ruling, the IRS … Continue Reading

UniTek Argues $3.8M FLSA Award Cannot Stand in Light of Seventh Circuit Decertification Decision

In a recent motion filed in Monroe v. FTS USA, LLC, No. 2:08-cv-02100 (D.E. 441-1), defendants Unitek USA, LLC and its subsidiary, FTS USA, LLC, (collectively “UniTek”) asserted that a $3.8 million judgment awarded to a class of cable technicians should be tossed in light of the Seventh Circuit’s ruling in Espenscheid, v. DirectSat USA, … Continue Reading

Seventh Circuit Rejects Class Trial By [Un]Representative Sample

In Espenscheid v. DirectSat USA, LLC, Case No. 12-1943 (7th Cir. Feb. 4, 2013), in a combined collective/class action asserting claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law, three satellite installation technicians sought to represent 2,341 technicians on claims their employer’s “piece-rate” pay structure violated federal and state wage laws by failing to … Continue Reading

Eighth Circuit: FLSA Does Not Preclude Enforcement of Class Action Waiver

In a significant victory for employers, the Eighth Circuit, in Owen v. Bristol Care Inc., No. 12-1719, overturned a Missouri district court ruling that class action waivers were unenforceable in FLSA cases.  In September 2011, Sharon Owen brought an action on behalf of herself and other current and former employees similarly situated, against her employer, … Continue Reading
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