Long Island Care at Home Ltd v Coke

Long Island Care at Home, Ltd. v. Coke
Seal of the United States Supreme Court
Argued April 16, 2007
Decided June 11, 2007
Full case nameLong Island Care at Home, Ltd., et al. v. Coke
Docket no.06-593
Citations551 U.S. 158 (more)
127 S. Ct. 2339; 168 L. Ed. 2d 54
Case history
PriorCase dismissed, Coke v. Long Island Care at Home, Ltd., 267 F. Supp. 2d 332 (E.D.N.Y. 2003); reversed, 376 F.3d 118 (2d Cir. 2004); vacated and remanded, 546 U.S. 1147 (2006); on remand, 462 F.3d 48 (2d Cir. 2006); cert. granted, 549 U.S. 1105 (2007).
Court membership
Chief Justice
John Roberts
Associate Justices
John P. Stevens · Antonin Scalia
Anthony Kennedy · David Souter
Clarence Thomas · Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Stephen Breyer · Samuel Alito
Case opinion
MajorityBreyer, joined by unanimous

Long Island Care at Home, Ltd. v. Coke, 551 U.S. 158 (2007), is a US labor law case, concerning the minimum wage.


Long Island Care at Home Ltd claimed that it did not need to pay its staff the minimum wage, despite the apparent meaning of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and its rules as clarified by the Department of Labor. It argued that this was true under the Fair Labor Standards Act 1938, 29 USC §213(a)(15) which exempted persons ‘employed in domestic service employment to provide companionship services for individuals … unable to care for themselves.’ The Department of Labor’s General Regulations §552.3 further stated this had to be the ‘private home … of the person by whom he or she is employed.’


Justice Breyer wrote for a unanimous court that the care employees were included in the minimum wage.

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