by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Officers with the Guam Police Department continue their class action lawsuit as they seek compensation for years of working beyond 40-hour workweeks without receiving overtime pay. Police officers work 43 hours a week, but had only received regular pay instead of OT for the additional hours.
A Guam Supreme Court decision found that GovGuam was violating the fair labor standards act by not compensating law enforcement personnel overtime pay. The officers are represented by Attorney Dan Somerfleck, who says the class needs to be certified and the court must determine how many years the officers can claim for compensation since they began working the hours in the late-1990s.
A scheduling conference was scheduled for today but had to be continued until next month because the government's attorney was unable to make the hearing. Another hearing will be held on April 15.