Spelfogel Quoted On Rise of Wage-And-Hour Suits In New York


Evan Spelfogel, a Member of the Firm in the labor and employment and the employee benefits practices in the New York office, was quoted on an increase of wage-and-hour suits against restaurants in Manhattan over the past two years.

The article, "Wage-And-Hour Wave Hits Big Apple Eateries," stated that many of the suits are being filed for claims under both the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law, which has a six-year statute of limitations.

Spelfogel pointed out that newly confirmed Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith—formerly the New York state commissioner of labor—also helped focus attention on wage-and-hour practices in the restaurant industry in New York.

Access to potential plaintiffs is easier in restaurants than in other workplaces, Spelfogel added. An attorney can walk into almost any restaurant, sit down and chat with a waiter, but having a talk with a worker in a manufacturing plant or hospital would be much more challenging, he noted.