Employees filed a record 7,764 federal wage-and-hour lawsuits between April 1, 2012, and March 31, 2013, a 10% jump over the previous year. That’s according to the Federal Judicial Center, which annually tracks federal lawsuit filing statistics.
Last year, Fair Labor Standards Act () lawsuits rose only 1%.
Employers should beware. “This strong spike and new high for FLSA claims makes them one of the top threats to U.S. employers,” said Richard Alfred, an employment law attorney with the Seyfarth Shaw law firm. “It’s surprising to see a sharp increase like this.”
The most common FLSA claims: employee misclassification, uncompensated off-the-clock work and overtime violations.