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Seventh Circuit Issues New Standard on Class Notice to Employees who Signed Arbitration Agreements

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in a case of first impression, has developed a required framework for a district court to evaluate a plaintiff’s request that the court authorize notice to putative class members who have entered into arbitration agreements with their employer. The Seventh Circuit held on January 24, 2020, … Continue Reading

Denying Motion for Conditional Certification, Court Says FLSA Notice and Opt-In Process Is Not A Discovery Device

The District Court for the Southern District of New York refused to conditionally certify a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) acknowledging that although the bar for conditional certification of a FLSA collective action is low, “it is not this low.”  Sanchez v. JMP Ventures, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14980 (S.D.N.Y. … Continue Reading

Department Store Retailer Defeats Class Certification Of State Wage-Hour Claims And Preemptively Defeats FLSA Certification In Cross-Motion

Plaintiffs seeking to certify a California class of current and former assistant stores managers and other differently titled managers and associates were denied class certification of their state law claims under Rule 23.  Saks, Inc., the operator of high-end retail department stores across the United States, also convinced the district court to grant its preemptive cross-motion seeking to … Continue Reading

Employer Defeats FLSA Conditional Certification of Nationwide Class Of Former Gym Employees Limiting Class To Include Only Those Employees Who Worked in Gym’s South Texas Region

Given the lenient standard of proof required of plaintiffs, experienced wage and hour attorneys agree that employers, in most jurisdictions, fight an uphill battle when trying to defeat conditional certification of a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  When an employer cannot completely defeat a motion for conditional certification, the next best option is to … Continue Reading

Motion for Conditional Certification Denied When Plaintiff’s Evidence Consists of Unsubstantiated Observations and Hearsay

Supermarket clerk asserting that she and others similarly situated had been denied overtime pay as a result of a time-shaving policy wherein her employer allegedly deducted one hour per day for lunch breaks while she and others were only provided 30 minutes for such breaks was denied conditional certification of her wage and hour claim under the Fair Labor … Continue Reading

SDNY Denies Class And Collective Certification In Pair Of Off-the-Clock Wage and Hour Cases

Generally speaking, certifying an off-the-clock wage and hour class action is quite difficult as the following two consolidated cases in the District Court of the Southern District of New York illustrate.  Personal bankers who sought to bring such an action against Wells Fargo and Wachovia Bank (acquired by Wells Fargo in 2008) were unable to show that they were subjected to … Continue Reading

District Court Certifies Class under Rule 23; Dukes cited; Behrend not mentioned

Following  the granting of conditional certification under FLSA 216(b) in July 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr.) granted the plaintiffs’ motion to certify a class of umpires who alleged that the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) improperly classified them as “independent contractors” since 2005 in order to avoid paying overtime … Continue Reading

Exotic Dancers, Other Gentlemen’s Club Employees Denied Conditional Certification

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas (Judge Susan Webber Wright) denied a FLSA 216(b) motion for conditional certification by seven former employees of a strip club in Jacksonville, Arkansas who filed a putative class and collective action against the club’s owners and managers alleging that they had been improperly classified as independent contractors … Continue Reading
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