Tribe-Owned Casino Not Immune From the FLSA

Recently, in Chao v. Spokane Tribe of Indians, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72687 (E.D. Wash. Sept. 24, 2008), a federal district court in Washington state held that a casino owned by an Indian tribe is not immune from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) enforcement proceedings commenced by the federal Department of Labor. In particular, the district court rejected the casino’s argument that it was immune by virtue of the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 25 U.S.C. sec. 2701, et seq.

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