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…]
Before trying some new Cleveland restaurant, you might first want to know whether other people like it. To find out, you might turn to Yelp, a website where anyone can post reviews of restaurants and businesses in various cities. Reviewers aren’t paid to write reviews on Yelp. But now a class action lawsuit has been filed by some of these reviewers under the Fair Labor Standards Act claiming that they should be. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
Large settlements in two unpaid wage lawsuits were recently in the news. Brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), the employees in these cases alleged they were not paid by their employers for all time worked. The cases are a good example of how employees can group together when their employers fail to pay them for their work. [Read more…]