Kabul Embassy Guards Sue Security Co. For Unpaid Overtime

Law360, New York (January 24, 2013, 8:20 PM EST) -- Aegis Defense Services, a federal contractor charged with guarding the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, was hit with a putative class action lawsuit Tuesday by former guards who claimed they were not paid overtime despite sometimes working up to 18 hours per day.

The plaintiffs' complaint, filed in Alexandria, Va.'s federal court, said the contractor employees were told they'd work 72 hours per week in 12-hour shifts. But once in Afghanistan, they said they were forced to work longer hours with no overtime, and that fatigue made them less effective. Aegis also allegedly failed to pay raises associated with promotions, despite...

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