Chicago cops sue for overtime over off-duty BlackBerry usage

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A Chicago lawsuit is making its way through federal court that demands overtime be paid to the city’s police officers who use of off-duty time to respond to work-related emails and calls.

Chicago police Sgt. Jeffrey Allen claims in the suit — that has now been given the green light to move forward as a class action — that the city owes him and fellow officers overtime pay for work performed on city-owned BlackBerry phones, Fox News reports.

“If they have a half hour phone call outside of work hours to a superior about a search warrant they are gonna work on the next day, that is something that needs to be paid for,” Mr. Allen’s attorney, Paul Geiger, told reporters.

“Mayor Daley called my lawsuit silly when it was filed,” Mr. Geiger added. “The lawsuit is not silly. The lawsuit seeks to enforce the law.”

A labor expert said city officials may be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act for not paying employees overtime, and there could be millions of dollars in back pay if its successful, according to ABC New Radio.

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