Status hearing in police overtime lawsuit Friday

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A judge could take over negotiations Friday in a class action lawsuit against the city of Richmond.

Hundreds of Richmond police officers say they have not been paid for working overtime.

Both sides will meet after a judge ordered them to try to work things out.

The lawsuit started with just 73 officers; now, hundreds of them — a third of the force — say the city owes them money.

They claim the city violated state and federal law by failing to pay overtime on hours worked.

The suit also accuses the city of deducting a daily 30 minute meal break, regardless of whether the break was actually taken by the employee.

The attorney for the officers says he doesn't have an exact figure on how much the city owes, but he says it's substantial.

He also says these officers are entitled to the unpaid overtime plus interest.

In court documents, the city is denying all of the claims and is asking for proof.

If both sides haven't come to an agreement Friday, the judge will take over.

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