The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals published its opinion in Lederman v. Frontier Fire Protection, Inc. on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.
The Tenth Circuit reversed and remanded the district court’s decision. Respondent sued his former employer, Petitioner, to recover overtime pay he alleged was owed to him under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). A jury found Petitioner liable and awarded Respondent $17,440.86 in damages. Petitioner challenges the jury instructions issued by the district court. The Court found that the district court should not have instructed the jury that Petitioner bore a heightened burden of proof in establishing its entitlement to an FLSA exemption, the instruction was prejudicial errors, and therefore reversed and remanded.