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.