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Georgia officer files lawsuit concerning overtime pay

A Georgia police officer is suing for overtime pay that she claims she never received. The woman has filed a lawsuit against the city of Canton and her police department in a federal court. She is currently suspended with pay from her department on accusations unrelated to her overtime pay lawsuit.

The woman believes she did not receive proper compensation for her overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Her lawsuit names the city of Canton, the police department where she is employed and others. She maintains that she is owed a 5 percent raise per the police department policy for completion of a master's degree. She is also requesting back pay from several months ago related to her suit.

She is additionally asking for all unpaid overtime wages, court costs, interest on the money she believes she is owed and any other relief the court may wish to grant her. The attorney for the city claims that there was no knowledge that the woman had any dispute over her pay prior to the filing of the lawsuit. He stated that the city is looking into her claims but had no prior knowledge of the overtime issue.

The woman in this lawsuit is facing an investigation into improper use of funds from a police department fund. While there will be no criminal charges against her, an internal investigation is ongoing and she will remain suspended until the inquiry is complete. The city may wish to explore their options and involve a knowledgeable party who may be able to assist them in determining whether the officer's overtime pay claims are valid. The Georgia woman claims that she was improperly treated as an 'exempt employee,' which affected her overtime status. Seeking help in this matter could help the company determine their defense strategy and what the woman's exact overtime status in their department is.

Source: Cherokeetribune.com, "Canton officer suing city police over pay," Rebecca Johnston, Oct. 12, 2012

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