Wage Suits Hit Record High Amid Focus On Worker Rights

Law360, New York (November 25, 2015, 7:24 PM EST) -- The number of new wage-and-hour suits in federal courts hit an all-time high last year, up about 8 percent over the previous year, a rise attorneys say stems from overtime and minimum wage policy debates around the country increasing worker awareness and the difficulty of applying New Deal-era employment law to the modern workplace.

On Friday, management-side firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP released data — obtained from the Federal Judicial Center — that shows 8,781 federal wage-and-hour suits were filed in the federal government’s fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2015, a 7.6 percent increase from 8,160 the previous year. The numbers include...

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