Ensuring Wage-And-Hour Settlements Close The Door

Law360, New York (December 8, 2010, 1:31 PM EST) -- The purpose of settlement is to reach an agreement that disposes of a pending legal dispute once and for all. In the context of wage-and-hour class actions, employers frequently agree to pay large sums of money to class members or make a change to policies or procedures. In return, the plaintiffs dismiss their action and the employer obtains a release from all employees covered by the action. Simply put, the employer is buying peace.

One fear for companies settling wage-and-hour class actions, however, is the troubling...
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