Lear Werts files lawsuit on behalf of jail correctional officers for unpaid overtime

Lear Werts files lawsuit on behalf of jail correctional officers for unpaid overtime

Lear Werts LLP, along with their co-counsel the Curran Law Firm LLC, have filed a class and collective action on behalf of employees working at the Greene County Jail in Springfield, Missouri.

Both Missouri and federal law require employers to count and pay all hours worked by non-exempt employees when those hours are primarily for the benefit of the employer. This case challenges Greene County’s past practice of deducting 50 minutes of time from every jail correctional officer, under the rank of sergeant, for a meal period each shift regardless of whether that employee was actually able to take such a break. The complaint also challenges Greene County’s practice of leaving other working times as unpaid.

The case is captioned¬†Voorhis, et al. v. Greene County, Case No. 6:16-cv-03257-SRB and is pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri in Springfield. The complaint includes opt-in claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Any current or former Greene County Sheriff’s Department employees who worked in the Greene County Jail from July 19, 2016 to the present who would like more information, or to join this action, may call attorney Todd Werts at 573-875-1991 or Springfield attorney Rob Curran at 417-823-7500.

Copy of complaint

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