Justices Weigh FLSA Coverage For Oral Complaints

Law360, New York (October 13, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT) -- An attorney for Sidley Austin LLP argued to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday that the Fair Labor Standards Act only protects workers from retaliation if they make a complaint about their employer directly to the federal government.

The high court heard oral arguments following an appeals court’s ruling that the FLSA did not shield a former Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. employee who was fired after complaining verbally about the location of the company’s time clocks, saying the statute only applied to written complaints.

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