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FLSA Violation

By: Derek Hawkins//July 9, 2018//

FLSA Violation

By: Derek Hawkins//July 9, 2018//

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7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Case Name: Anthony E. Simpkins v. DuPage Housing Authority, et al.

Case No.: 17-2685

Officials: WOOD, Chief Judge, and BAUER and KANNE, Circuit Judges.

Focus: FLSA Violation

Anthony Simpkins sued the DuPage Housing Authority and DHA Management, Inc. (collectively, DHA), alleging various violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Illinois Minimum Wage Law (IMWL), the Illinois Employee Classification Act (IECA), the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act (IPWA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). On cross‐motions for summary judgment, the district court held that Simpkins was not an employee of DHA, but rather an independent contractor. Therefore, it granted summary judgment in favor of DHA as to the federal claims and relinquished jurisdiction over the state law claims. Because there are genuine disputes of fact that are material to the determination of Simpkins’ employment status, we reverse and remand.

Reversed and Remanded

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Attorney Derek A. Hawkins is the managing partner at Hawkins Law Offices LLC, where he heads up the firm’s startup law practice. He specializes in business formation, corporate governance, intellectual property protection, private equity and venture capital funding and mergers & acquisitions. Check out the website at or contact them at 262-737-8825.


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