Editor: Ms. Hoey, would you tell our readers something about your professional experience?
Hoey: I graduated from Fordham Law School in 1984 and after practicing for two years at a medium-sized labor firm, I joined Kelley Drye. I have been practicing labor and employment law since then. I became a partner in 1996 and co-chair of the department in 2000.
National retailer Sears, Roebuck & Co. recently paid $15 million to settle a federal class action lawsuit where it was accused of failing to pay overtime to 16,000 service technicians for time they spent traveling to work assignments, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). A federal court just certified a class action challenging the "...
Part I of this article appeared in the July 2005 issue of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.
Recent Cases Under Sarbanes-Oxley
The Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower provision, like many similar federal and state whistleblower statutes, is quite broad and, as more than one commentator has noted, open to abuse.