On January 17, 2019, Stephan Zouras LLP filed a collective and class action lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC) for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act (PMWA).
The Plaintiff alleges that PADOC required him to perform approximately 45 minutes of work after the scheduled end of his shift every day, including:
- Manning his post while waiting for the employee relieving him to arrive, inventory his equipment and review the event log;
- Participating in a required information exchange with the employee relieving him; and
- Walking to the equipment window and waiting in line to return his equipment.
The Plaintiff alleges that PADOC paid him only for his scheduled shift time and did not pay wages for any of these activities.
Anyone who has worked as a “Corrections Officer Trainee” or “Corrections Officer 1” in any of the 24 state correctional institutions PADOC runs in the past three years is eligible to join this lawsuit. Class members may be entitled to monetary damages, which include unpaid wages, liquidated (i.e., double) damages and interest.
If you have worked as a “Corrections Officer Trainee” or “Corrections Officer 1” in any state correctional institutions PADOC runs and have questions about your legal rights, please feel free to contact us.
This collective class action is open to all PDOC Corrections Officers who have performed unpaid post-shift work at any time in the last three years preceding the filing of the complaint.