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Probation officer sues L.A. County for unpaid overtime

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Los Angeles County deputy probation officer Timothy Bentley is suing the Los Angeles County Probation Department, claiming that the county had a “pattern and practice of refusing to pay overtime” to deputy officers in the Suitable Placement Division.

Bentley, a 16-year Probation Department employee, seeks unpaid wages, overtime compensation and liquidated damages.

In the suit, Bentley argues that the county forced probation officers in the placement division to work double the county’s recommended caseload without overtime compensation. In its answer to the complaint, the county argued that the officers are partially exempt from the FLSA’s overtime requirements based on their law enforcement duties.

Bentley has asked the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to conditionally certify the suit as a class action on behalf of all deputy probation officers who worked in the Suitable Placement Division from February 2006 to the present.

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