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NELA Amicus Brief: Nesbitt v. FCNH, et al. (10th Cir.) 

10-23-2017 02:41 PM

On October 4, 2017, NELA and a group of Business & Economics Law Professors filed an amicus brief in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, on behalf of Plaintiff-Appellant Rhonda Nesbitt and a putative class of her fellow massage therapy students, in Nesbitt v. FCNH, et al. This appeal involves unpaid massage therapy students who performed clinical massages for paying clients at the defendants’ for-profit massage therapy schools. The amicus brief draws on a range of interdisciplinary sources in arguing that under the appropriate interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Ms. Nesbitt and her fellow students were entitled to compensation for the work they performed.  Among a number of important points made in the brief, it urges the court to draw a key distinction between “interns” hired by a company as trainees and “students” at for-profit schools who are required as a condition of their training to provide unpaid labor from which their school receives revenue. NELA is grateful for the efforts of Professor Scott A. Moss (University of Colorado Law School) and NELA member Hunter A. Swain (King & Greisen, LLP, Denver, CO), who drafted the brief on behalf of NELA and the group of law professors.

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