Gerald "Jerry" Maatman, Jr. is a Chambers-recognized workplace class action defense litigator, a six-time Law360 Employment Law MVP, nine-time recipient of BTI Consulting Group's distinguished Client Service All-Star, and a 2021 Legal 500 Hall of Fame inductee.
Jennifer A. Riley is a partner in the Chicago office of Duane Morris LLP and vice-chair of the firm’s Workplace Class Action Group.
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Wage & hour litigation remains a key focus of the plaintiffs’ class action bar. Many courts apply a relatively low standard for conditional certification of collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which often allows plaintiffs to expand the size of cases exponentially with relatively low investment. Plaintiffs frequently pair their FLSA collective claims with state law wage & hour class claims, presenting a potent combination for purposes of increasing their leverage over the companies they target.
In this 90-minute webinar, we will review the trends in wage & hour litigation over the past year, including case filings, certification trends, and settlement numbers. We will discuss recent significant decisions from courts across the country, effective strategies for defending and dismantling these cases, and tools for companies to avoid wage & hour class and collective actions.
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Date: April 27, 2023
Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. | Duane Morris LLP
Gerald “Jerry” Maatman, Jr. is a Chambers-recognized workplace class action defense litigator, a six-time Law360 Employment Law MVP, nine-time recipient of BTI Consulting Group’s distinguished Client Service All-Star, and a 2021 Legal 500 Hall of Fame inductee. Mr. Maatman is a Partner at Duane Morris LLP, where he chairs the firm’s Workplace Class Action Group. He has written and lectured widely on all aspects of labor and employment law. Among his various cases, Mr. Maatman successfully defended the largest EEOC pattern or practice lawsuit ever prosecuted in the history of the Commission, the largest age discrimination collective action ever brought in Illinois, and the first sexual harassment class action brought by a State Attorney General in the United States. A graduate of Washington & Lee University and the Northwestern University School of Law, where is he adjunct professor, Jerry is based out of Duane Morris’ Chicago and New York offices.
Jennifer A. Riley | Duane Morris LLP
Jennifer A. Riley is a partner in the Chicago office of Duane Morris LLP and vice-chair of the firm’s Workplace Class Action Group. As a member of the firm’s Employment, Benefits, Labor, & Immigration Practice Group, she practices in the employment-related litigation area, with a particular emphasis on complex collective and class action proceedings. Ms. Riley has represented clients in a wide range of complex civil litigation matters in federal and state courts across the country. Her extensive litigation experience includes serving as trial counsel in federal court bench and jury trials, as well as in arbitration proceedings.
I. Notable Trends in Wage & Hour Class and Collective Action Litigation | 2:00pm – 2:20pm
II. Certification of Wage & Hour Class and Collective Actions | 2:20pm – 2:40pm
III. Significant Wage & Hour Class and Collective Action Decisions and Settlements In 2022 | 2:40pm – 3:00pm
Break | 3:00pm – 3:10pm
IV. Effective Strategies for Defending Wage & Hour Class and Collective Actions | 3:10pm – 3:40pm