Oral Complaints Get Retaliation Protection

Law360, New York (March 25, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT) -- On March 22, in a 6-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Fair Labor Standards Act prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who “file” an oral complaint that the employer is violating the FLSA, as well as against those who file written complaints. The court, however, did not reach the question of whether such a complaint must be made to a government agency, rather than to a private employer, leaving that issue for another case.

Nevertheless, the court’s ruling will significantly expand the potential...
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