A record number of lawsuits were filed in 2015 alleging workplace violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which addresses minimum wage, overtime pay and other labor classifications.
Attorneys for employers call the surge an onslaught of challenges. Attorneys for employee plaintiffs say it reflects greater awareness of pay inequities and misclassification of workers.
According to the Federal Judicial Center, 8,781 cases charging FLSA violations were filed in fiscal 2015, an 8 percent jump from 2014. Lawyers forecast an even higher number for fiscal 2016.