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Spotsylvania Police Officers Suing County For Unpaid Overtime

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About 150 current and former law enforcement officers are suing Spotsylvania County in Virginia for half a million dollars, saying the county owes them in unpaid overtime.

The lawsuit alleges states deputies were often required to work off the clock if their schedules exceeded the federal overtime threshold. It also accuses the county of erroneously applying a federal standard instead of the state standard for overtime pay.

The law in question requires deputies to be paid time-and-a-half for working more than 160 hours in a 28-day pay period. The current federal standard for overtime mandates employees don't receive time-and-a-half until they've worked more than 171 hours in 28 days.

Spotsylvania Sheriff Roger Harris says the overtime issue was corrected shortly after the lawsuit was filed earlier this year.

The county's Interim Attorney declined to comment.

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