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Study: Big increase in wage-Related lawsuits in ’07

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employee Benefits Program,Human Resources

Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuits outnumbered cases relating to employment discrimination and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act in 2007, and the trend will likely continue in 2008, according to an annual study by the law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

The other noted trend: Employees are winning more money. Reason: Plaintiffs’ lawyers are crafting new strategies to expand class membership and going into state courts where damage caps are higher or nonexistent. States with the fastest growth in wage lawsuits: California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

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