Federal court defines limits for FLSA retaliation lawsuits

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The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the primary federal law governing various wage-and-hour-related issues. The FLSA establishes the federal minimum wage rate, sets the standards for overtime and restricts the employment of minors.

Given the FLSA’s broad coverage, most businesses that are engaged in commerce or the production of goods must comply with it.

As with many other federal employment laws, the FLSA includes a retaliation provision that protects workers who complain that their employer has violated the law. Until recently, it wasn’t clear what kinds of complaints actually triggered the FLSA’s protections. That’s now changed.

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In Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (No. 08-2820, 7th Cir., 2009), the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals—the federal appellate court covering Illinois—established specific limits on the FLSA’s retaliation provision.

The case involved an employee who ...(register to read more)

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BK April 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Overruled by SCOTUS — 131 S. Ct. 1325

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