U.S. Faces Double Damages Threat for Unpaid Work in Shutdowns

March 15, 2021, 2:31 PM

The U.S. government could owe millions in double back wages to federal employees who worked without pay during the longest government shutdown in American history, depending on the outcome of cases that could soon be heard by a federal appeals court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has consolidated nine lawsuits that allege the government willfully violated the Fair Labor Standards Act when it didn’t pay thousands of essential workers on time during a 35-day partial government shutdown that began in December 2018 and stretched into 2019.

Because of the importance of the issues, and the large ...

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