The Oakland City Council has tentatively approved a proposed settlement of a wage-and-hour lawsuit claiming city police officers were not correctly paid overtime and were not paid for off-the-clock work.
The officers alleged that the city violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay them for an extra hour worked and by paying an inaccurate overtime or compensatory time rate. The 571 officers alleged that the city paid them improperly because it failed to include differential or premium pay for officers’ bilingual skills, for riding motorcycles and for working night shifts.
According to the officers’ attorney, the settlement will provide each of the more than 500 active officers an additional 130 hours of vacation over three years, regardless of pay grade or seniority. Approximately 60 inactive or retired officers will each receive $3,500 cash payments.
The settlement terms also include $1.75 million in attorneys’ fees, with costs payable in three installments over two years.