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Federal employment law litigation: FMLA claims on the rise

A Bloomberg BNA article on lawsuits filed in federal courts reveals that in just one recent week there were 620 suits filed involving labor law, employment issues and disputes over benefits. Cases alleging workplace discrimination comprised 48 percent of the filings, while 25 percent involved wage-and-hour issues and 20 percent of the suits were about employee benefits.

Less than 5 percent of the lawsuits alleged violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, but Bloomberg notes that some of those complaints also included disability discrimination claims.

However, United Airlines, Lowe's Home Centers and International Paper Co. were accused of violating the FMLA. Bloomberg reports that although FMLA-related lawsuits are still a small percentage of all federal workplace litigation, the number has been on a steady climb over the past six years.

Ford Motor Co., along with staffing company Allegis Group Inc., is accused of allowing same-sex harassment, age discrimination and retaliation against a male worker in a Michigan facility. 

Bank of America was accused in a lawsuit brought in a nationwide collective action and California class action by client advocates and operations consultants who claim they were incorrectly classified in order to deny them overtime pay.

If you are dealing with denied overtime in your job or employment matters such as discrimination, harassment or denial of FMLA benefits, contact Alan C. Olson & Associates, s.c. to discuss your legal options.

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