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Florida deputy alleges he is owed unpaid overtime wages

When employees perform work-related activities, they expect to be compensated. This includes travel time and other miscellaneous time that is spent doing functions related to a job, all in accordance with state and federal wage and hour laws. If Florida employees are not properly compensated for all of the work that they do, they may look to the law to pursue a claim for unpaid overtime and other wages.

A former deputy in Florida claims that he was not properly compensated for the work he did. His federal lawsuit against the Pasco County Sheriff was filed as a collective action lawsuit so that other deputies and workers who were in the same situation could participate as well. The plaintiff alleges that he, as well as others similarly situated, were not paid for the time that they spent traveling before and after their shifts were completed.

According to the complaint, as part of the plaintiff's job, he was required to drive his patrol car from a specific parking place to the "patrol zone." This would apparently take the plaintiff approximately 30 to 40 minutes on each of his shifts. The plaintiff alleges that, on occasion, he was asked to perform other job functions during this drive time. Because the plaintiff lived more than 10 miles away, he was not permitted to drive his patrol car home and was also not compensated for that time. The plaintiff asserts that every two weeks, he accrued approximately up to four hours of unpaid overtime.

This is not the first time that the Pascoe County Sheriff has been accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. In 2013, an investigation concluded that he had violated the law and unpaid overtime was due to 67 workers. The plaintiff is seeking to have the sheriff to be in violation for the FLSA. He is also requesting court costs with regard to the case.

Source: tbo.com, "Former Pasco deputy says he did not receive overtime pay", Geoff Fox, June 25, 2015

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