Generally, if a wage and hour dispute arises in the workplace, the parties need approval from either the U.S. Department of Labor
or a federal court to resolve claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act
When parties agree to resolve these claims as part of litigation, two things often happen:
- A court must approve the settlement; and
- The settlement agreement becomes public; i.e., no confidentiality.
Recently, Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr. and the other parties to an FLSA action requested that a New York federal court relax the publicity rules by creating a “celebrity exception.”
Oh, you don’t know Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr.?
That’s Busta Rhymes!