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Pittsburgh ordered to deliver police officers unpaid overtime wages

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According to a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a federal judge recently ordered the city of Pittsburgh to pay $825,000 to local police officers who claimed they did not receive the correct amount of overtime payments.

The lawsuit was filed by the president of the Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1 of the Fraternal Order of Police, representing more than 900 officers. The suit alleges the officers were entitled to a shift differential and longevity payment in regards to overtime payments in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Both sides agreed officers were entitled to $825,000 worth of back overtime pay. The city also offered to pay the amount plus 6 percent interest, however, 855 of the 939 police members involved rejected the motion, the report claims.

The settlement came after a noninjury trail was held in May, when the city admitted it did not intend to underpay officers' paychecks and wanted to correct the situation. However, the presiding judge felt the city "did not makes a subjective good faith attempt to ascertain the requirements of the [Fair Labor Standards Act] and to comply with those requirements."

The case highlights the importance of companies installing and abiding by legal business practices, such as adhering to industry and federal regulations. Failing to do so may result in a similar professional liability lawsuit. 

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