Verbal Complaints Not Protected By FLSA: 7th Circ.

Law360, New York (July 1, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Widening the split among the federal appeals courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that a purely verbal complaint is not an activity shielded under the retaliation provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

In aligning itself with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and rejecting the secretary of labor's argument for oral complaints as “overbroad,” the appeals court ruled Monday that only written complaints were protected under the federal wage-and-hour statute.

The ruling by the Seventh Circuit,...
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