Supreme Court rules FLSA class-action properly dismissed as moot

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by Patrick F. Hulla and A. Craig Cleland, Esqs., Ogletree Deakins

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a class-action lawsuit filed by a worker under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was properly dismissed because the ­worker’s suit was moot when she failed to accept an offer of judgment from her employer.

The offer was a dollar amount that the law entitled her to—no more and no less. According to the Court, “the worker had no personal interest in representing putative, unnamed claimants, nor any other continuing interest that would preserve her suit from mootness.”

Thus, the Court ruled, “the mere presence of collective-action allegations in the complaint cannot save the suit from mootness once the individual claim is satisfied.” In other words, once the employer offered to pay her what it might legally owe her, she could no longer pursue claims on behalf of other, unnamed workers. (Genesis Healthcare, et al. v. Symczyk...(register to read more)

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