Over these last years, there have been a number of lawsuits by domestic employees against their employers and I have defended some of those.  They present a unique kind of case as these domestic servants are usually on very close terms with their employers, not the typical employer-employee relationship, but then, something happens and it

The US Department of Labor is always issuing (and has always issued) regulations implementing and interpreting the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Oft times, practitioners are arguing to a court either that the regulations should be deferred to or that the regulations are not binding on a court and should be struck down.

In an interesting

In a matter of first impression, the Northern District of Illinois determined that maids and house cleaners employed by third parties are protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  In reaching this decision, the court held such workers are not exempt from overtime by the “domestic service” exemption of the FLSA.  The case is