The Southern and Eastern Federal Districts of New York are among the top five districts nationwide for Fair Labor Standards Act () lawsuits.
In federal fiscal year 2012, plaintiffs filed 682 FLSA lawsuits in the Southern District, which includes Manhattan and the Bronx, plus Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess and Putnam counties.
The Southern District placed third in the nation behind two judicial hotbeds, Florida’s Southern District and Alabama’s Northern District. To understand the growth of FLSA litigation, consider that only 93 similar cases were filed 10 years ago.
The Eastern District, encompassing Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island, ranked fifth in the nation with 579 FLSA suits, compared to only 57 in FY2003.
Only 17 FLSA cases were filed in the state’s Northern District and 20 in the Western.
Advice: Make sure your records of hours worked are accurate and up-to-date. Conduct periodic reviews to ensure that employees are properly classified as exempt or nonexempt.