'Essential' Workers Sue US Over Late Pay From Shutdown

Law360, New York (November 4, 2013, 6:09 PM EST) -- Several federal employees have filed a putative collective action stemming from last month's government shutdown, telling the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that the government ran afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay “essential” workers overtime and minimum wages on their scheduled payday.

The five named plaintiffs work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and were among approximately 1.3 million essential employees who had to show up and work during the shutdown, according to the Oct. 24 complaint, which added that essential...
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