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California Police Officers File Class Action Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit Against City

REDONDO BEACH, CA — Dozens of current and former Redondo Beach, California police officers recently filed a class action unpaid overtime lawsuit against the city over claims that the defendant failed to properly compensate the plaintiffs for all their time spent on the job. The officers argue that the city improperly calculated the way it pays its police force by not taking into account certain cash healthcare payments the plaintiffs receive in lieu of signing up for insurance provided by the municipality.

According to the unpaid overtime lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the city failed to heed a ruling in a similar case handed down by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals concerning unused medical benefits. Specifically, the plaintiffs claim that the city erred by not factoring in cash payments the plaintiffs received from the city for purchasing their own healthcare.

In Flores v San Gabriel, decided in May of 2017, the Appeals Court ruled that cash payments given to police officers to purchase their own health insurance must be taken into account when calculating overtime pay. The judges determined the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which sets national standards for minimum wage and overtime pay, holds that employers must pay workers one and a half times their individual wage based on an average hourly rate of the their pay.

This includes bonuses and other compensation, like cash payments for health insurance; more than just the hourly wage paid to the individual worker must be taken into account when calculating overtime pay. While media reports indicate that the city has acknowledged its error in complying since Flores v San Gabriel, it has not yet moved to correct how it pays overtime yet.

Fortunately, the city does appear willing to quickly settle the matter with its police officers to ensure goodwill between the union and the municipality with looming labor agreements in the coming years, according to reports. The complaint did not mention a specific dollar amount sought or a time period covered but is expected to preserve claims for the three years immediately preceding the lawsuit.

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