5th Circ. Rules FLSA Plaintiffs Can Seek Emotional Damages

Law360, Los Angeles (December 20, 2016, 9:31 PM EST) -- Workers filing suit under the Fair Labor Standards Act can seek emotional damages as part of their claims, the Fifth Circuit ruled in a complex decision Monday that upheld a jury's verdict in favor of tenants in an apartment complex who'd received discounted rent for maintenance work.

A jury had found in the 2013 lawsuit that Santiago Pineda, a man living in a unit owned by JTCH Apartments LLC, had been cheated out of overtime pay for maintenance work he did on the building, and that the building's owner had illegally retaliated against him by serving him and his wife an...

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