Gamble v. Minnesota State-Operated Services, No. 16-cv-2720 (D. Minn. 2021)
Nature of Case: Civil committees in Minnesota brought a class action claim alleging violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act in connection with a vocational work program they were participating in. They alleged that state defendants violated the FLSA by withholding wages such that they did not receive minimum wage. Both sides filed for summary judgment.
Holding: The district court for the District of Minnesota granted state defendants motion. The court found that civil committees were not employees under the FLSA, and furthermore that the state defendants were protected from liability under the Portal-to-Portal act.