US Courts recently released 2014 statistics showing an increase in the number of cases initiated in federal courts overall as well as under the specific provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Not surprisingly in light of the pro-labor bias shown over the past few years by the NLRB and other federal agencies, FLSA and FMLA claims in 2013 were up significantly, while employment discrimination cases filed under federal civil rights laws dropped.  FMLA lawsuits increased 26.3 percent over 2013 and FLSA cases were up 8.8 percent over 2013.