A student's job is to study subjects and cram for exams. A portion of the student body also squeeze in a campus job with their schoolwork. The university has to study too, believe it or not, although they have a different text to learn: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Hofstra University recently failed to pass a wage and hour test after a group of students claim they were paid unfairly by the university.
$500,000 FLSA settlement to 256 New York student workers
According to the lawsuit, Hofstra failed to ensure that campus jobs paid student workers the federal minimum wage and overtime pay requirements - a violation of the FLSA. A New York federal judge approved a settlement last week in which Hofstra agreed to pay $500,000 to a class of 256 student workers.
The lead student worker in the case claims that she worked over 40 hours a week for the university, but received only a $700 stipend for the entire fall semester. In 2008, the court certified a class of current and former students who had worked at the university for the preceding three years.
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This is another example that any employer can be in violation of federal laws. Universities are no different under the law: They are employers who must be in compliance with federal laws. The best thing you can do to make sure you are paid properly is to contact our employment lawyers - we have studied the federal laws and know exactly how you should be paid.