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City of Morrow loses overtime/Retaliation suit

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Two city police lieutenants sued the city of Morrow, claiming the city’s managers refused to pay them overtime and retaliated against them after they filed suit. According to court documents, a city manager fired one lieutenant and required the other to use annual leave for training time.

At trial, the jury awarded the two lieutenants more than $40,000. The city agreed to reinstate the fired lieutenant and pay liquidated damages and attorneys’ fees.

Advice: Retaliation only makes things worse. When contemplating any adverse job action against an employee who has filed a complaint, have counsel review the action before it is taken. That way, the employer is at least proceeding on the advice of counsel.

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