New York Federal Judge Refuses to Permit Confidential Filing of FLSA Wage and Overtime Settlement Involving Restaurant Employees

On May 6, 2015, Southern District of New York Judge Analisa Torres issued a short but excellent decision holding that parties seeking court approval of an FLSA settlement may not file the settlement agreement under seal. The Judge explained “that the public’s interest in ensuring that workers receive ‘a fai day’s pay for a fair day’s work’ outweighs the movants’ purported privacy interest” The case is entitled Flood v. Carlson Restaurants Inc., 1:14-cv-02740-AT, and the decision can be found at docket entry 186.

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