portsmouth overtime lawsuit

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In October 2014, more than 12 former and current Portsmouth fire captains stepped forward to challenge their exemption from overtime pay. They did so by filing a federal lawsuit against the city.

According to the lawsuit, the city is in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, as it requires overtime payment to anybody whose primary responsibility is emergency response and fire protection.

Earlier this month, the lawsuit was finally settled. According to local reports, the city has agreed to pay nearly 30 former and current fire captains a total of $385,000. An attorney for the city noted that after reviewing the case, he agreed that the fire captains should have been offered overtime pay.

Payments to each fire captain will range from approximately $5,000 to $17,000.

If you feel your company is doing something that is against the law, such as not paying overtime, it can be a challenge to express your voice. Rather than go at this alone, many people hire an employment law attorney to help protect their rights.

Not Being Fairly Compensated?

If you find yourself in one of these positions or believe that your employer has violated the law or failed to properly pay you your wages, our Virginia Employment Attorneys are here to help. Contact Virginia Employment Lawyer Cindra Dowd 877-544-5323.