“Federal workers sue government post-shutdown”

by Walter Olson on November 14, 2013

“Even though they received back-pay, they are now suing the government….Their attorney said that late payment violates the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act and they’re now owed damages – adding up to hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars per worker.” [Mike Conneen, WJLA]

{ 4 comments }

1 gasman 11.14.13 at 8:26 am

And they are doing this solely because the moniker ‘government employee’ is not already sullied enough.

What a bunch of entitled ninnies. Only in the bizarro world of government does a laid off worker get full pay. And now they think they need a bonus to go with their paid time off.

2 Jamie R 11.14.13 at 9:52 am

I don’t see what’s wrong with this. If the federal government wants to be exempt from the FLSA, they can do that. They’re not.

On the other hand, the anti-deficiency act probably means they’ll lose, since they had no contract at all for any payment between October 1 and October 5. They were working on a volunteer basis.

3 Anthony 11.15.13 at 2:50 am

@gasman: The article says the ones suing were classified as essential workers, i.e. they were working during the shutdown. They weren’t laid off.

4 Boblipton 11.15.13 at 10:23 am

I was telling a friend about this article and pulled it up to read it to her. Somehow I read the last clause as “hundred, maybe thousands of dollars per lawyer.”

Bob

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