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Guess the employer: DOL settles old OT suit

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The U.S. Department of Labor has reached a settlement in a decade-old overtime lawsuit—against itself. The department agreed Aug. 12 to pay $7 million to several thousand of its own employees.

The American Federation of Government Employees originally filed a complaint in 2006, alleging that DOL employees were being forced to work unpaid overtime. The suit alleged that DOL officials either knew about the off-the-books overtime requirement or should have.

The original suit named former Bush administration Labor Secretary Elaine Chao as a defendant. It was later amended to name the Obama administration’s Hilda Solis.

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