Wage-And-Hour Lawsuits Up For Five Years In A Row
Wage-and-hour lawsuits are up for the fifth straight year according to a study undertaken by the Federal Judicial Center. Between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013, plaintiffs brought a total of 7,764 suits. This is a 10 percent jump over the course of the year. Big box retailers, banks, start-ups and notable chain restaurants are among those accused of withholding workers’ pay. Labor and employment lawyers believe this is symptomatic of a continuing trend. The first spike in wage and hour cases began in 2003, when the number of lawsuits jumped from 2,035 to 4,055. By 2007, the number had climbed to 6,786 during the course of the year. Even though the number of cases dipped slightly in 2008 - most likely due to preoccupation with the recession - they have been continuously on the rise since then.
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