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Amador County Named In Class-Action Suit

Amador County Named In Class-Action Suit

The County of Amador is facing a class-action lawsuit for allegedly failing to pay overtime wages.  Clint Stewart, a member of the Amador County Sheriff’s Department, filed the complaint on behalf of himself and quote, “all similarly situated individuals”, Oct. 10th in U.S. District Court, alleging that Amador County failed its duty to pay employees for all hours worked at a correct rate. According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege they are required by the County to work hours beyond statutory thresholds for overtime compensation.  However, the County supposedly has a policy of cashing out plaintiffs’ unused compensatory time off (CTO) at less than the rate required and as a result, the plaintiffs purportedly have suffered lost overtime wages and undervalued cash outs of CTO.  The action holds the County of Amador responsible for allegedly failing to pay monetary compensation to those who declined health insurance coverage and failed in its obligation to properly compute and use the correct rate of pay in calculating overtime compensation owed.  The class-action suit calls for a judgment against the County, to recover unpaid overtime wages, damages, interest, attorneys' fees, costs, injunctive relief, conditional certification and further relief as the court deems just. The Amador County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to discuss the issue tomorrow in closed session.


Written by Joey Guidi

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