Firefighters Sue City for Compensation over Pay


According to recent reports a number of firefighters have decided to sue the City of Rockingham for compensation over pay. Ten firefighters in all are claiming that they are entitled to compensation from the city in relation to overtime pay. The lawsuit was filed last week at the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

The complaint claims that the firefighters “have worked hours in excess of hourly levels specified in the (Fair Labor Standards Act).” It also goes on to claim that the city failed to “provide the plaintiffs with overtime compensation at a rate of one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for the hours plaintiffs worked in excess of the hourly levels specified in Section 7(k) of the FSLA, thereby violating Section 7 of the FLSA.”

The lawsuit stated that the plaintiffs were unsure at that time just how much they were owed in terms of unpaid overtime, but that the city acted in a “knowing, willful, bad faith and reckless manner.” The plaintiffs have all listed with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local Chapter 4702.

One firefighter said: “We have joined the IAFF for the benefit of the firefighters. We put our lives on the line for your protection, and the IAFF is there to protect us.”


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