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Students Sue Trade School Under FLSA

March 2, 2021


The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that students at a cosmetology school could pursue a minimum wage claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for janitorial tasks they performed, despite the overall educational benefits of the school’s training program. But the appeals court sent the case back to the district court, instructing it to apply a test the 6th Circuit outlined for deciding if the students were employees—a standard that emphasized who benefited from menial tasks performed.

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