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Dep’t of Labor Expands Overtime Protections to 4.2 Million Workers

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This week, the Department of Labor announced a new rule that will expand the protection of federal overtime pay law to millions of workers, including more than a hundred thousand Ohioans. According to the Department and the White House, the new rule—which was long-anticipated—will bring approximately 4.2 million white collar, but low-income, workers within the protection of the federal overtime pay law, the Fair Labor Standards Act. [Read more…]

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Major News on Overtime Pay Law

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Over the past few weeks there have been two big developments regarding federal overtime pay and minimum wage law. Recent policy announcements by both the White House and the Department of Labor offer the promise of greater protection from wage exploitation for millions of working men and women. For many Cleveland employees with wage and hour claims, this is potentially a very big deal. [Read more…]

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Misclassified Manager Overtime pay Class Action Settlement Reached

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A little over a year ago, I wrote about a case involving Store Managers suing for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Recently, a $1.5 million settlement was reached in a different case involving store managers who were denied overtime pay. [Read more…]

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Yet Another NFL Cheerleader Minimum Wage Class Action Lawsuit!

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Two months ago, I blogged about an Ohio minimum wage class action lawsuit filed against the Cincinnati Bengals by one of the team’s former cheerleaders. I predicted we might soon see more class action lawsuits filed by other professional cheerleaders because “similar minimum wage and overtime class actions tend to come in bunches.” Well maybe I should buy a lottery ticket, because my prediction came true. [Read more…]

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Equal Pay Day is the Time to Stop Sex Discrimination in Pay in Ohio

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Today is Equal Pay Day, a day of awareness about sex-based pay discrimination in the workplace. April 8th is chosen because it marks the number of extra days the average woman would have to work into a new year to earn as much as her male counterparts did the previous year. Because women earn, on average, only 77% of men in comparable jobs, it takes a few extra months.

Since today is Equal Pay Day, it’s a good time to consider sex discrimination and the Equal Pay Act in Ohio workplaces when it comes to wages. [Read more…]

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Ohio Pro Cheerleaders Sue for Minimum Wage Violation

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In January, a cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders filed a lawsuit against the team for failure to pay minimum wage. Following in the footsteps of that case, last week a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader filed a class action lawsuit against the Bengals for failure to pay minimum wage under Ohio and federal law. [Read more…]

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Ohio Minimum Wage Increase May Result in Wage and Hour Claims

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Ohio’s minimum wage just increased by ten cents per hour. As of January 1, 2014, hourly workers in Ohio must be paid at least $7.95 per hour, more than the federal minimum wage. Employees earning tips must now be paid by their employer at least $3.98 per hour, in addition to their tips. If you earn minimum wage in the Cleveland area, and you did not receive a raise beginning January 1, 2014, your employer may be violating Ohio wage and hour law, and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). [Read more…]

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Unpaid Wage Lawsuit Accuses Sean Combs of Being a “Bad Boy”

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A former unpaid intern for Sean “Diddy” Combs’ record label Bad Boy Entertainment has filed a minimum wage class action lawsuit against the company. The suit continues the recent trend of class actions brought by unpaid interns under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

As a general rule, for-profit companies are required to comply with the FLSA’s minimum wage law for “unpaid” interns, unless the internship satisfies the Department of Labor’s six-factor test for an exception to that general rule. The test essentially focuses on whether the internship looks more like an educational opportunity for the interns or free labor for the employer. [Read more…]

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Employer’s Attempt to Dodge FLSA Liability Rejected by Sixth Circuit

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This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over Ohio (among other States), rejected an employer’s attempt to limit its ability to be sued for violating the rights of its employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act or the Equal Pay Act. The case is a significant victory for those who believe corporations should be held responsible when they violate their employees’ rights. The case is Boaz v. FedEx Customer Information Services, Inc., Case No. 12-5319. [Read more…]

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Save Us Captain America . . . from Unpaid Wage Violations!

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A federal judge has held the producers of the 2010 movie Black Swan violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay interns who worked on the movie. Although the case initially caught our eye because Captain America is being filmed in downtown Cleveland (and because Black Swan is a great movie), it does have potentially far-reaching implications. [Read more…]

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