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Richmond police officers file second lawsuit on unpaid overtime

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

More Richmond police officers are suing the city for what they claim is unpaid overtime.

The group filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday. This lawsuit comes just about two months after a judge approved a $7 million settlement between about 600 officers and the city.

The 77 new officers have hired the original attorneys, who will argue in front of the very same judge. About another  $1 million is on the line.

After the settlement of the original lawsuit in which 614 police officers got $7 million from the city, Mayor Dwight Jones issued a statement, which ended with this thought: "I am glad that we are able to place this behind us..."

The new filing means that won't happen just yet. Under similar arguments, this suit claims the officers are owed overtime because the department was paying time and a half after 86 hours in a two week pay period, instead of after 80 hours as required by state law.

According to court documents, there were many reasons some of this group didn't get involved in the original suit, some didn't receive notice, some were afraid to sign on. Those who opted out did not waive their rights to bring another case.

The city actually paid officers who weren't included in that first case, but the papers say payments "did not fully compensate for all damages owed."

Several officers from the original case say they've received their settlement checks and there has not been any retaliation for suing their employers.

A police spokesperson is saying it is department policy not to comment on pending litigation. 

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