United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Orlando Division
GREGORY J. KELLY UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.
cause came on for consideration without oral argument on the
MOTION: RENEWED JOINT MOTION FOR COURT APPROVAL OF
SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND FOR ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITH
PREJUDICE (Doc. No. 35)
FILED:November 27, 2019
THEREON it is RECOMMENDED
that the motion be GRANTED in part and DENIED in
March 1, 2019, Plaintiff filed a complaint against Defendants
alleging violations of the overtime provisions of the Fair
Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”), 29 U.S.C.
§ 201, et seq. (the “FLSA”). Doc.
No. 1. On May 6, 2019, Defendants filed an answer and
affirmative defenses. Doc. No. 15. On November 27, 2019, the
parties filed a Renewed Joint Motion for Court Approval of
Settlement and for Order of Dismissal With Prejudice (the
“Motion”). Doc. No. 35.
Lynn's Food Stores, Inc. v. United States Department
of Labor, 679 F.2d 1350 (11th Cir. 1982), the Eleventh
Circuit addressed the means by which an FLSA settlement may
become final and enforceable:
There are only two ways in which back wage claims arising
under the FLSA can be settled or compromised by employees.
First, under section 216(c), the Secretary of Labor is
authorized to supervise payment to employees of unpaid wages
owed to them . . . . The only other route for compromise of
FLSA claims is provided in the context of suits brought
directly by employees against their employer under section
216(b) to recover back wages for FLSA violations. When
employees bring a private action for back wages under the
FLSA, and present to the district court a proposed
settlement, the district court may enter a stipulated
judgment after scrutinizing the settlement for fairness.
unless the parties have the Secretary of Labor supervise the
payment of unpaid wages owed or obtain the Court's
approval of the settlement agreement, the parties'
agreement is unenforceable. Id. Before approving an
FLSA settlement, the Court must scrutinize it to determine if
it is a fair and reasonable resolution of a bona fide
dispute. Id. at 1354-55. If the settlement reflects
a reasonable compromise over issues that are actually in
dispute, the Court may approve the settlement. Id.
determining whether the settlement is fair and reasonable,
the Court should consider the following factors:
(1) the existence of collusion behind the settlement;
(2) the complexity, expense, and likely duration of the
(3) the stage of the proceedings and the amount of discovery