A worker who files a Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit claiming unpaid wages must actually set out facts showing that he wasn’t properly paid. Mere allegations aren't enough.
Recent case: Greg, a cable TV installer, sued, alleging that his employer did not pay him at least minimum wage for all hours worked and that the piecework system he worked under resulted in unpaid overtime when he worked more than 40 hours in a week. He offered no specific details.
The employer asked the 9th Circuit to toss out the case. The appeals court agreed, concluding that an employee has to do more than allege nonpayment. He must offer a specific example of a week that went underpaid. (Landers v. Quality Communications, No. 12-15890, 9th Cir., 2014)