by Nick Delgado
Guam - More than 100 Department of Corrections officers are waiting to see if the government will pay them interest for overtime that wasn't paid on time. The class action lawsuit stems from a $21,000 interest payment that was made to a former DepCor employee. A status hearing was scheduled for this morning but was continued until next month so the plaintiffs can finalize the amount owed to officers.
Jesse Soriano and Maryhelen Lizama were among a handful of DepCor officers who showed up to today's hearing hoping to get some answers. "I hope they just get it over with, I heard the AG say they owe it to us so c'mon let's pay it get over with why keep delaying it, it makes no sense to delay it this is like the third time we keep coming here and they keep delaying it, pay it!" said Soriano.
Lizama added, "When we work we work for our families, when we leave our family we leave and don't spend enough time with them, so they deserve that money whatever is owed they should pay it."
The officers believe they are owed about $1.6 million in interest for overtime that wasn't paid within two pay periods as required by law. While another hearing is scheduled for January 4, DepCor will be paying OT for the first five pay periods for the current fiscal year this Friday.