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Chicago Sees Major Uptick in FLSA Litigation, Consistent With National Trends

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has emerged as one of the nation’s busiest federal district courts with respect to wage-and-hour litigation. As reported by Crain’s Chicago Business, in 2015 alone, 542 Fair Labor Standards Act actions were filed in the Northern District of Illinois. Between 2011 and 2015, wage-and-hour actions filed with the Northern District of Illinois increased by 117%, and this upward trend in wage-and-hour litigation is likely to continue in the near future.

Wage, HourOn a national basis, wage-and-hour filings increased by 9% from 8,066 filings in 2014 to 8,954 filings in 2015. Since 2000, wage-and-hour filings increased by 450 percent. Some of the top venues for wage-and-hour litigation include the federal district courts that encompass Miami, New York City, Orlando and Tampa.  Last year, a combined 4,186 wage-and-hour cases, nearly half of the 8,954 wage-and-hour cases filed nationwide, were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and district courts in New York and Florida.

Increased regulations and increased scrutiny by the U.S. Department of Labor on issues contributed to the year-to-year increase in wage-and-hour litigation.

© 2022 Proskauer Rose LLP. National Law Review, Volume VI, Number 320
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Steven J Pearlman, Labor Employment Law Firm, Proskauer Law firm
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Steven Pearlman is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the firm's Whistleblowing & Retaliation Group, resident in the Chicago office. Steven’s practice focuses on defending complex employment litigation involving claims of discrimination and harassment, wage-and-hour laws and breaches of restrictive covenants (e.g., non-competition agreements). He has successfully tried cases to verdict before judges and juries in Illinois, Florida and California, and defended what is reported to be the largest Illinois-only class action in the history of the U.S....

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Sunghee W Sohn, Proskauer, collective bargainng lawyer, labor counseling attorney
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Sunny Sohn is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department and a member of the firm’s Employment Litigation & Arbitration Group.

Sunny represents clients before federal and state courts as well administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Illinois Department of Human Rights.

She counsels employers in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, construction, transportation, hospitality, consulting...

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