A city in Virginia, along with its police department, has settled a time and attendance lawsuit with law enforcement officers related to unpaid overtime, according to The Associated Press. The news outlet wrote that police officers in the department were made to perform a number of different work-related tasks, such as attending court hearings and cleaning their service weapons, all of which they were not compensated for.
According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, as long as an employee is not working under an exempt status, then all hours worked above 40 in a standard week must be paid at time-and-one-half of the workers hourly pay rate.
Although the department and the city admitted no wrongdoing, a decision was made to settle so as not be embroiled in a lengthy court battle that would have put a strain on municipal functions. Although the settlement has yet to be approved by the court, the city agreed to award the nearly 900 officers participating in the class-action litigation $3 million. This amount was set to satisfy any back payments with respect to the unpaid overtime claim.
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A total of 73 current and former police officers recently filed a class action time and attendance lawsuit against the city of Richmond, Virginia, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Although the city of Richmond, Virginia, just settled an employee lawsuit involving more than 600 current and former officers to the tune of $7 million, the department's payroll practices have once again come under fire as it faces a second suit.
A total of 71 law enforcement officers in Chesterfield County, Virginia, recently filed a law suit alleging they were not properly compensated for overtime hours, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.