Berger & Montague is investigating a potential class action
lawsuit on behalf of current and former police officers who claim
they were not paid overtime.
Several police departments have been faced with class action
lawsuits for allegedly failing to properly compensate their police
officers for their overtime work. Under the Fair Labor Standards
Act (FLSA), police officers are entitled to overtime pay, although
there is an exception for how they earn it.
Most people receive overtime pay when they work for more than 40
hours a week. Since police officers are usually required to work in
12- or 24-hour shifts, their overtime pay system is different.
Police officers do not earn overtime until they've worked 171
hours, although this number may fluctuate depending on how their
department defines "work periods."
- If your work period is
28 days, you must work 171 hours before receiving
- If your work period is 14 days, you must work 86 hours before
- If your work period is 7 days, you must work 43 hours before
Police officers should also be paid for "off-the-clock work,"
- Filling out paperwork
- Attending shift-change lineups
- Maintaining take-home vehicles
- Maintaining animals with the K-9 unit
- Interviewing witnesses
- Attending volunteer assignments
Additionally, officers should be paid for "on-call" work, when
they are off duty but still required to answer calls and report to
crime scenes if necessary.
Police departments are allowed to offer compensatory time
instead of overtime pay, but there must be an express agreement
between the department and the officer to offer comp time instead
of overtime. If you are a current or former police officer who is
working off the clock, not being paid for "on-call" work, or
receiving comp time instead of overtime, contact Berger &
Montague. You may be able to file a lawsuit for your unpaid
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Berger & Montague's class action cases are typically
litigated on a contingent fee basis, so plaintiffs and the class do
not pay attorneys' fees or court costs unless there is a