Fair Labor Standards Act Civil Litigation Declining
(09 Jan 2020) The latest available data from the federal courts show that during November 2019 the government reported 528 new Fair Labor Standards Act civil filings for these matters. This number is down 16.2 percent over the previous month when the number of civil filings of this type totaled 630.

The number of these lawsuits reached their highest level of 8,920 during FY 2015. Since then, the volume of litigation has declined to 7,287 during FY 2019. So far during the first two months of FY 2020 new filings have continued this downward trend.

Litigation involved a diverse array of labor disputes including alleged denial of overtime compensation, collection of unpaid wages, equal pay and sex discrimination. These results are based on case-by-case information compiled and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University.

The Eastern District of Arkansas (Little Rock) relative to its population size was the most active during November 2019. The Southern District of Florida (Miami) ranked second, followed by the District of Columbia.

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