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Richmond Police Officers File Overtime Lawsuit

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73 current and former Richmond, Virginia police officers have filed a class action lawsuit against the Police Department, alleging failure to properly compensate officers for some overtime hours worked.

The lawsuit says the city violated federal laws by not paying overtime for all hours worked over 171 hours in a 28-day pay cycle, has reported. The lawsuit also alleges the Police Department violated state law by refusing to pay properly for all hours officers worked between the standard 160 hours, and the 171-hour threshold for overtime, known as gap time. The law says that localities that have over 100 officers must pay overtime of one times their regular rate for gap time hours worked.

The lawsuit also says the Police Department deducted a daily 30-minute meal break, regardless if the break was taken or not, and that Department policy states that overtime compensation is paid when 86 hours of work is performed in a two week pay cycle, and not for the hours between 80 and 86.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs said they are entitled to damages equal to double the unpaid overtime plus interest. “By our calculations, it’s a substantial amount…But we really need to get the details from the city to fine-tune what the amounts are.” disclaimer: This article: Richmond Police Officers File Overtime Lawsuit was posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at 8:07 pm at and is filed under Employment Lawsuits.

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