According to just-released statistics, the number of wage-and-hour lawsuits based on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) reached record heights in the year ending March 31, 2012, with a total of 7,064 filed, up from 7,006 in the same reporting period a year earlier.

The statistics were compiled from court data maintained by the Federal Judicial Center.

Earlier this year, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) reported that it had collected more than $225 million in back wages for FLSA violations in all industries for fiscal year 2011, the most the division has ever collected in a single year.