NELA Condemns Decision To Strip Overtime Protections From Millions Of Overworked, Underpaid Employees

Laura Flegel
Legislative & Public Policy Director

(202) 898-2880 x.115


September 7, 2017

The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) condemns last Thursday’s ruling striking down the regulation known as the overtime rule, which if implemented would ensure that millions of employees receive the overtime pay they worked so hard to earn. Before adopting the rule, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) spent years conducting extensive empirical research and outreach to affected communities, and considered the views of nearly 300,000 employees, businesses, and other stakeholders. In his summary opinion, Judge Amos Mazzant deployed flawed legal reasoning and failed to address any portion of the voluminous record marshalled in support of these essential updates to the rules governing which workers properly may be exempt from overtime protections. The rights of an estimated 12.5 million workers to be paid in full for all of the hours they work should not have been stolen from them.

NELA calls on U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to honor President Trump’s repeated promises to stand up for working people across this country, abide by the DOL’s mission to “foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States,” and appeal this decision immediately.


The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. It is the largest professional organization in the country of lawyers who exclusively or primarily represent individual employees in labor, employment, and civil rights disputes. NELA and its sixty-nine circuit, state, and local Affiliates have a membership of over 4,000 attorneys.