A federal judge has dismissed the overtime and breach of contract claims made against the city by more than 700 city police officers, City Attorney Mike Aguirre announced today.

The suit was filed in 2005. It was based on allegations made by the police officers that the city was not properly reimbursing them for certain overtime activities such as putting on their uniforms prior to starting work. The officers claimed that the city violated the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay officers for hours they worked in excess of their labor contract.

Judge Dana Sabraw ruled that the officers should have run the course of the grievance procedures contained in their memorandum of understanding with the city before launching a lawsuit against the city for a breach of their collective bargaining agreement.

“It’s another win by (Executive Assistant City Attorney Don) McGrath’s legal team,” Aguirre said. “It’s been a remarkable set of victories.”

I called a couple of members of the leadership of the Police Officer’s Association, the police union, but I haven’t heard back yet.

You can read the judge’s decision here.


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