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Charleston Firefighters Prevail in Overtime Dispute

The US District Court for the District of South Carolina handed down a ruling today finding that the City of Charleston violated the Fair Labor Standards Act in the manner in which it compensated its firefighters for overtime. The class action suit was filed by six Charleston firefighters in 2013 who alleged a variety of FLSA violations.

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DC Finally Settles Decades Old Overtime Suit for $45 million

A contentious overtime battle in the Nation’s Capital that goes back to the 1990s has finally been settled… this time for real!!! Last January DC agreed to settle a suit brought by firefighters over the payment of overtime for $47 million. However, it wasn’t until yesterday that the parties finally worked out all the details and signed the agreement bringing the matter to an end.

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Should Additional Hours Be Paid as Overtime or Straight Time

Today’s burning question: Our attorney is claiming we are wrong to pay overtime to firefighters unless they physically work 212 hours in a 28-day period. We have always paid overtime to our personnel for all hours over and above a firefighter’s assigned work schedule. Is he right?

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Charleston Firefighters’ FLSA Suit Continues

A ruling by the US District Court in South Carolina is permitting an FLSA suit against the City of Charleston to proceed. The suit filed in 2013 by six Charleston firefighters alleges that the city’s application of the “fluctuating workweek” concept violates the FLSA in a number of ways, including the failure to properly compensate them for overtime and in certain cases paying them less than the federal minimum wage

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Alabama City Settles Overtime Suit for $30k

The City of Hanceville, Alabama has settled an FLSA overtime case that was filed last December by four firefighters for $30,000. Gary Mikus, James Butler, Michael Cornett and Zachary Thomas filed suit in US District Court claiming the city required them to work 56 hours a week without paying them overtime.

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Three Federal Court Settlements in the Fire law News

There are three federal court settlements in the fire law news today. The first is the settlement of a lawsuit filed by an Ohio firefighter who lost an eye in 2008 in a fireworks accident. Despite being cleared to return to work by his doctor, Stow firefighter Anthony Rorrer was determined to be unfit for duty. He sued claiming unlawful discrimination under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

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Providence Firefighters Sue to Stop Increased Hours

Providence Firefighters IAFF Local 799 filed suit yesterday to block Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s efforts to force an increase in the firefighter’s hours without additional compensation. Earlier this month, Elorza announced he planned to eliminate an entire shift and require all line personnel to begin working 56 hour workweeks. He claims he has the right under a Rhode Island Supreme Court ruling issued earlier this year...

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Texas Volunteer Fire Department Hit with FLSA Suit

A former employee of a Texas fire department has left her ex-employer with a parting gift: an FLSA lawsuit for unpaid overtime! Jennifer Labourdette, the office manager the West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. filed suit Wednesday alleging that she was not compensated for the hours she worked each week in excess of 40.

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Indiana Ambulance Company Faces FLSA Class Action Suit

An Indiana EMT has filed a class action lawsuit against an ambulance company he worked for claiming the company routinely violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by requiring personnel to work in excess of 40 hours per week without paying overtime. Steven Schroers filed suit last week in US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana against Prompt Medical Transport, Inc. and three of its senior managers.

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DC Settles Overtime Suit for $47 Million

The District of Columbia has agreed to settle a decades-old dispute with firefighters over the payment of overtime. The case dates back to the 1990s when the District increased the firefighters hours from 42 to 53. Congress had appointed a special board and granted it broad powers to address the city’s financial instability ...

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Battle Creek Settles FLSA Suit for $1.5 Million

The City of Battle Creek, Michigan has agreed to settle a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) case with its firefighters for $1.5 million. The firefighters alleged that the city had been improperly calculating their overtime compensation.

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