Wage-and-Hour Lawsuits Rise

Suits hit 20-year high amid precarious U.S. labor market.

Lawsuits by U.S. workers contesting wages and hours, including demands for overtime pay, reached a 20-year high this year as unemployment remained above 8 percent.

There were 7,064 federal wage-and-hour cases filed during the 12 months ending March 31, a number that has grown almost every year since 2000, when the total was 1,854, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, which plans to release the data publicly later this year.

Programmer Exemption

Computer programmers, defined as those who analyze and design computer systems, are exempt from the overtime requirement. Some employers try to classify workers performing rote computer tasks under the exception, Rozger said.

Class Size

Amdocs told the court the class as certified might include more than 700 people.

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