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Labor: 3rd Circuit opens door to FMLA liability for public agency supervisors

The court looked to FLSA guidelines to reach its decision

In a case of first impression, Haybarger v. Lawrence County Adult Probation and Parole, the 3rd Circuit joined the 5th and 8th Circuits in finding individual liability for supervisors of public agencies under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). On the other side of the circuit split, the 6th and 11th Circuits have found that no such liability exists under the FMLA.

In Haybarger, the 3rd Circuit reviewed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of William Mancino, the director of Probation and Parole for Lawrence County, based on its finding that Mancino was not an “employer” of Debra Haybarger under the FMLA.

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Wendy Voss

Wendy K. Voss is a partner with the Wilmington, Del. law firm of Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP. She focuses her practice in the areas...

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