Recent years have seen a surge of wage-hour claims, including claims that employees were improperly classified as "salaried" or as independent contractors. Sometimes-staggering penalties are available to successful claimants in such cases, which are often filed as class actions. Our Labor and Employment attorneys regularly defend such claims with sensitivity to our clients' financial bottom line. We have often defeated or limited such actions via early motion practice or entering into reasonable early settlements with non-party employees. We have also successfully compelled such matters to arbitration even in the face of unfavorable case law. In addition, we are regularly called upon to help clients prevent wage-hour claims through legal audits and proactive adjustments to pay practices.