GOVERNMENT: The Right to Sue

When Labor Secretary Maurice J. Tobin asked that the Labor Department be given power to sue employers for wages, Congress turned him down. In Manhattan last week, the circuit court of appeals ruled that the Wage & Hour Division of the Labor Department could sue to collect overtime even though the workers involved had not filed suits. Ruled Judge Learned Hand: "The [Labor Department] ought to have the power...Many deserving claims might otherwise be lost."

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