2015 US Code
Title 29 - Labor (Sections 1 - 3361)
Chapter 9 - Portal-to-Portal Pay (Sections 251 - 262)
Sec. 260 - Liquidated damages

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Publication TitleUnited States Code, 2012 Edition, Supplement 3, Title 29 - LABOR
CategoryBills and Statutes
CollectionUnited States Code
SuDoc Class NumberY 1.2/5:
Contained WithinTitle 29 - LABOR
Sec. 260 - Liquidated damages
Containssection 260
Laws In Effect As Of DateJanuary 3, 2016
Positive LawNo
Source CreditMay 14, 1947, ch. 52, §11, 61 Stat. 89; Pub. L. 93-259, §6(d)(2)(B), Apr. 8, 1974, 88 Stat. 62.
Statutes at Large References52 Stat. 1060
61 Stat. 89
88 Stat. 62
Public and Private LawsPublic Law 93-259

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29 U.S.C. § 260 (2015)
§260. Liquidated damages

In any action commenced prior to or on or after May 14, 1947 to recover unpaid minimum wages, unpaid overtime compensation, or liquidated damages, under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended [29 U.S.C. 201 et seq.], if the employer shows to the satisfaction of the court that the act or omission giving rise to such action was in good faith and that he had reasonable grounds for believing that his act or omission was not a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended, the court may, in its sound discretion, award no liquidated damages or award any amount thereof not to exceed the amount specified in section 216 of this title.

(May 14, 1947, ch. 52, §11, 61 Stat. 89; Pub. L. 93–259, §6(d)(2)(B), Apr. 8, 1974, 88 Stat. 62.)


The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended, referred to in text, is act June 25, 1938, ch. 676, 52 Stat. 1060, as amended, which is classified generally to chapter 8 (§201 et seq.) of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see section 201 of this title and Tables.


1974—Pub. L. 93–259 substituted "section 216 of this title" for "section 216(b) of this title".


Amendment by Pub. L. 93–259 effective May 1, 1974, see section 29(a) of Pub. L. 93–259, set out as a note under section 202 of this title.

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