Judge grants class-action status to police department lawsuit

A lawsuit filed on behalf of former and current officers in the New Orleans Police Department with regard to time and attendance violations for unpaid overtime has been given the green light to proceed as a class-action litigation case by a federal judge, according to CBS affiliate WAFB 9 in Baton Rouge, La.

The lawsuit was filed in 2012 on behalf of a 14-year veteran of the department claiming that he, along with other police officers, were not fairly compensated for overtime worked during their shifts, a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The judge in this case retroactively applied his ruling to any officers employed in the NOPD dating back from September 2009 to today.

One of the key complaints listed in the suit was that while FLSA guidelines calls for time-and-a-half pay in overtime situations, the NOPD paid officers less. Additionally, a claim was made that administrative tasks associated with daily police work went unpaid by the police department.

This ruling could potentially affect officers numbering in the thousands, according to the report. Opt-in letters will be sent to those wishing to participate in this litigation.

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