There’s retaliation, and then there’s beating up the complainant and sending him to the emergency room

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The Fair Labor Standards Act makes it unlawful for employers to retaliate against employees who complain about violations of the FLSA. However, I don’t think the drafters of the law considered physical assault as a form of retaliation.

But the U.S. Department of Labor is now suing two employers and their owner. They allegedly responded to an employee’s request for his paycheck by beating him up, which resulted in a trip to the emergency room.

Irene Spezzamonte’s report about this lawsuit in Law360 caught my attention.

According to the DOL’s complaint, the employee worked for his employer for only three

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