Messing Adam & Jasmine LLP
A police officer completing paperwork doesn’t finish up until 25 minutes after the end of the shift. While the department has a written policy to pay overtime, the “unwritten policy” discourages “small overtime claims.” So the officer doesn’t submit an overtime claim.
Sound familiar? If it does, this could be in violation of state and federal law.
The requirement that California employers track all measurable time was addressed in an article authored by Gregg Adam and Teal Miller of our law firm in the September issue of PORAC Law Enforcement News (see page 25 of that issue).
Federal law is often less protective for employees than California law. For example, unlike California law, its “averaging” method does not require that all hours worked be compensated. But it has one big advantage over California law for public employees: Overtime. The overtime rules in the California Labor Code and in the Industrial Welfare Commission’s Wage Orders have not been applied to public employees. But the FLSA’s overtime provisions do apply to public employees — largely as a result of the 5-4 decision by the United States Supreme Court in Garcia v. San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority in 1985.
Lately, a slew of FLSA claims has been filed by peace officers and other public employees — often contending that the employer failed to correctly include all premiums and other forms of remuneration in the employee’s overtime pay. These are often called “regular rate” cases.
Yet it has often been difficult for employees to pursue those claims. The problem is that small amounts of unpaid or underpaid overtime are often not sufficient to support a legal action by one aggrieved employee. But a new case issued last month by the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Daniel Campbell v. City of Los Angeles (9th Cir. Sept. 13, 2018) 2018 WL 4354379, makes it easier for employees to band together and pursue FLSA claims through what is called a “collective action.” A collective action allows plaintiffs to proceed collectively if they are “similarly situated” — that is, their claims share a similar issue of law or fact material to the disposition of their FLSA claims. A collective FLSA action differs from a class action in that individuals “opt in” (join) the lawsuit as plaintiffs in a collective action, whereas individuals must “opt out” (leave) a class action.
Campbell involved two collective FLSA actions brought by more than 2,000 Los Angeles police officers asserting claims for earned but unpaid overtime that was not reported due to “workplace culture and policy” that overtime of less than one hour was not to be reported. It is important because the court rejected the traditional use of class action rules to certify a collective action. Requiring a group of plaintiffs to satisfy class action rules to certify a collective action was contrary to the purpose of the FLSA — “a remedial statute with broad worker-protective aims.”
The Campbell decision helps in several ways.
1. An alleged violation based on a department-wide policy or procedure can make plaintiffs sufficiently “similarly situated” to allow an FLSA collective action to proceed.
2. A written policy contrary to the plaintiffs’ claims need not defeat the action — the Campbell court recognized that an express policy could be superseded by an implied or tacit policy or practice.
3. Even if the primary evidence consists of acts and statements of diverse direct supervisors, the officers can still be “similarly situated” if it can be shown that upper level management was aware of the discouraging of reporting overtime and either fostered it or took no action to stop it.
4. While “smoking gun” evidence is best, other evidence can support a finding of an illegal department-wide policy or practice — e.g., if the discouragement of reporting overtime has been longstanding, knowledge by management could be established by showing that upper-level managers include individuals who were previously lower-level supervisors when the improper policy/practice was occurring.
5. While it may be unlikely that any “we have to discourage overtime reporting” memos exist, there can be other documentary evidence to support a department-wide policy or practice. For example, emails critical of small overtime requests, memos to supervisors regarding high expenditures for overtime, etc. Under Campbell, the plaintiffs only have to show that there is a “genuine dispute of material fact” to survive decertification of the collective action.
In summary, in the Campbell decision, the Ninth Circuit recognized that the FLSA must be construed and enforced to protect workers from illegal compensation practices by employers. This decision will make it much easier for public sector employees, including public safety personnel, to pursue the recovery of unpaid overtime in collective actions.
About the Authors
Gary Messing is a partner, and Jim Henderson is an attorney at Messing Adam & Jasmine, a PORAC LDF panel attorney firm that represents public safety officers employed by state and local municipalities.
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My representative was very good. I highly recommend my lawyer to anyone.
- Miguel Masso Oakland POA
[I'm very satisfied and grateful] for LDF representing me. My attorney was professional, honest, and very knowledgeable of his profession. During these tough times my attorney would contact me on a regular basis to see how I was doing. This was obviously not part of his job description, but it kept me at ease and not losing my mind. I'm thankful that I was represented by LDF.
- Steven Curtiss Shasta Co DSA
This was my first need for LDF support and I was very happy with the level of service. Thank you.
- Joseph A. Henderson Merced POA
The firm I used was very valuable to my career and kept me updated as to status of the case. Thank you!
- James Stephenson Petaluma POA
Outstanding service. Thanks.
- Scott King Ripon POA
[My representative] is the best LDF rep I have ever had. If I were to need an LDF rep again I would want it to be [my representative].
- Juan Espinoza Fresno DSA
[My representative] did a great job. He is both thorough and well educated. I would use him again.
- Greg Gladson LA Airport POA
[My representative] was very professional and helpful. She kept me informed with my options and the direction of the investigation.
- Eric Olson Escondido POA
You guys did an amazing job! Thank you L.D.F. !
- Wendy Morrow Chico Public Safety Association
I had never been through an I.A. in my 21 years. I was scared and ashamed and humiliated. ( My attorney ) was excellent. He helped me through one of the worst times of my life. Had great outcome and I am grateful.
- David Heller Yolo County DSA
The charges against me, if sustained, would have likely ended my LE career. I was rightfully exonerated on all charges. I was well represented by [My Representative] and thank him for a job well done!!
- Gregory Carbett Ontario POA
The attorney assigned to my case was GREAT! It's sad, but it's impossible to be an officer in today's world without a defense fund like PORAC LDF. I am now retired and signed up for the retired officers CCW LDF. Thanks!
- Robert Muelberg Denver PPA
I could not have had a better attorney. [My representative ] went way above and beyond his duties. I would not have had a better experience with my representative. I believe that the LDF is the single most important benefit a police officer could have!
- Patrick Beggs Fresno Co DSA
Good service. Thank you.
- Diana Drummey Coronado POA
I so appreciated my LDF rep - his kindness and understanding re my case during an embarrassing and uncomfortable time - he was so caring.
- Jay Garacochea Culver City POA
[My representative] not only did he do a great job but he listened to my concerns. He did not force his views or game plan and we worked well w/ each other. We agreed on a goal and achieved it.
- Christopher Wirth A F G E Border Patrol
LDF referred me to [ representative ] in Spokane, WA. [ Representative ] did an outstanding job representing me. Thank you very much for the referral ! I would not be employed any longer had it not been for [ representative ] and his legal team.”
- Chris Lyon Tulare Co DSA
Very thorough group of sharp/smart government concerned [attorneys]. They understood what was happening and briefed me on everything. I was very impressed.
- Rodd N. Joseph Clearlake MMA
I appreciate the fact that my representative met with me in a social setting prior to the interview, during which time she learned the facts of the case. She was prepared for the interview. She seemed to have a genuine interest in my case.
- Andrea Salas Sonoma County DSA
[My Representative] was great! Thank you.
- Christopher Boyd Carlsbad POA
[My representative] was an outstanding attorney to work with. Even though I did not receive a desirable outcome entirely, I was exceptionally satisfied with his representation. Thank you.
- Stephanie Haas Lyon Co SEA
When I first contacted LDF re: my case I was unsure of how well/poor I'd actually be represented. I was impressed beyond belief. From the timely responses from my attorney, his knowledge in my case, advising me what my rights were and where I stood. I felt like I was genuinely being protected from unwarranted and unfounded accusations and believe, as long as I am in the right, I have someone fighting for me. Thank you, Thank you.
- Raymond Fisher Colorado State Patrol Assn
I have known for sometime that PORAC would provide the services I needed at the time I needed them. This is a professional competent organization prepared to handle the appropriate legal matters our officers face in today's environment.
- Robin Gonzalez Yolo Co. DSA
[My representative was] very quick to respond, helpful and professional. Thank you!
- Steven Moorehouse Redding POA
You guys are Great! Very professional and well informed. THANK YOU!
- Robert Morales Rialto PBA
I was very pleased with the service I received
- Brent Teasley ERS/Reno PSAEA
[ My representative ] was bogged down with multiple cases when he represented me, but I feel he did an excellent job. I would not have wanted anyone else to represent me during a very troublesome time.
- Nestor Hernandez San Diego POA
This is a great program designed to protect LEO’s in need
- Alex Camarillo LASchool P A
[My Representative] did an excellent job with my case. He was very professional and kept me well informed throughout this case. Thank you for an awesome job.
- German Alvarez Anaheim PA
[My representative ] was great!
- Andrew J. Brice Santa Maria POA
As always... an excellent result.
- Kenneth Nelson Plumas Co SA
Good job. Thank you! [My representative] does an outstanding job representing the employees and seems to be very intimidating to the [County Management]. We like it this way!
- Scott Cox Tulare Co DSA
I just want to say [my representative] did a great job! Thank you.
- Brad Young Oakland POA
[ My representative ] is an awesome attorney.
- Douglas Mansker Bakersfield POA
(My attorney) is a very good attorney, despite his young age. He kept me well informed throughout my legal matter and returned phone calls in a prompt manner. I was very satisfied with his performance and would not hesitate to be represented by him again.
- David Baker Placerville POA
My experience through dealing with this matter was horrific. Without the efforts of the LDF and more specifically [my representative], I would most certainly have fallen victim to a corrupt and unethical administration. The LDF has saved my career and brought me justice.
- Paul Hernandez LA Gen Services POA Inc.
[My Representative] was very helpful in my situation and I can't thank him enough.
- Sean Tinney Berkeley PA
[My representative] was very attentive to my case and thorough with his investigation. I would request [him] again in the future.
- Robert Hartman Contra Costa Co DSA
Quick response, experienced and knowledgeable attorney which assisted in every step. [My representative] kept me apprised through the process. Thank you.
- Andrew Hill Statewide University PA
I have used this law firm for union related business for the last several years. It was a no brainer to call them for LDF.
- Christopher M. Fuzie Modesto POA
I was very impressed with the speed at which the case was handled. Thank you!
- Noe Cordero San Diego POA
Thank you for your help. I feel very secure as you assisted me.
- Kim Prout Upland Firefighters Assoc
It was great comfort to know somebody would be there for me in this matter. I was able to finally sleep @ night & wake up with confidence that I would be ok. Thanks.
- William Burdette Newport Beach PMA
26 years and I have never needed a LDF rep, but the one time you need one, it was worth the fee’s paid.”
- Gilbert Salazar Montebello POA
Can’t say enough. Both representatives that I had in 2016 were excellent. ( My attorney ) made himself available to me in late night hours, which made me feel comfortable and at ease. This program is essential to us in law enforcement.
- William Jackson Santa Maria POA
Keep up the great work.