Venable's Labor and Employment Group possesses decades of collective experience defending employers in large-scale collective and class action lawsuits that challenge compensation practices under federal, state, and local laws. We leverage our talent and experience to help our clients meet the unique challenges presented by wage and hour class actions.
With extensive experience defending cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) and its state counterparts, our wage and hour lawyers are well equipped to manage class and collective actions across the country. Understanding that there's no one-size-fits-all approach to defending against a wage and hour class action, we work with clients to seize the initiative from the outset of the case and determine the best strategies to pursue based on the issues and facts presented.
We are adept at attacking certification whenever appropriate, including early-phase conditional certification. Not only have we defeated motions to certify classes, but we have successfully decertified previously certified classes, dramatically reducing our clients' potential costs. We have also enforced arbitration provisions, which is often a less costly alternative to court litigation.
Should a client choose litigation, Venable has been extremely successful at having putative class wage and hour claims dismissed before discovery on motion, and after discovery on summary judgment. When our early case assessments lead our clients to explore settlement, we structure creative settlements of complex class claims that receive court approval while minimizing the economic impact on our clients. On the rare occasion where it's required, our team of experienced trial lawyers is prepared to try class action cases across the country.