- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A former sergeant is suing the city of Miami for overtime wages he says he was not paid for the time it took him to get dressed for work every day.

In a federal lawsuit, Michael Weissberg said he was “required to work approximately 30 minutes off-the-clock … for activities he performed at the City of South Miami Police Department prior to Roll Call,” the Miami Herald reported.

According to Mr. Weissberg, who resigned from the South Miami Police Department in 2013, these “activities” included getting dressed and undressed, maintaining his weapon, maintaining his patrol car, and cleaning his uniform.

“Roll call is supposed to start on time,” Mr. Weissberg said. “It took anywhere from a half hour to 45 minutes to get ready for the shift. It would be physically impossible to show up at 2 p.m. for a 2 p.m. roll call and be able to do all the steps.”

The complaint states that the former sergeant worked 5-10 extra hours per week, resulting in more than $17,000 worth of unpaid overtime.

“At this point the city is going to oppose it, obviously,” Mayor Phillip Stoddard said. “These are items that are normally considered to be something an officer does on their own time.”

The city approved a resolution last week to let City Manager Steven Alexander hire outside lawyers for its defense, the Herald reported.