Crowdsourcing and the FLSA

March 4, 2013Articles Staffing Industry Analyst, The Staffing Stream

Crowdsourcing is a concept in which a company breaks down a large task into many smaller tasks and posts an open call over the Internet to a large network of unidentified individuals to take up pieces of the project. People then have the opportunity to choose to accept one of the various tasks offered to the “crowd.”

A lawsuit was filed in late 2012 against Crowdflower Inc. (Otey v Crowdflower Inc.) by a virtual worker who claims that the workers who accept the tasks and perform the online work are entitled to be paid the federal minimum wage and that the Fair Labor Standards Act applies to this form of work.

Diane explains the details of crowdsourcing, specifically in relation to the Fair Labor Standards Act in this article.

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