It’s not what you may be thinking…
From the Washington Times
Some federal workers who were required to remain on the job during the government shutdown said Monday that they have filed a lawsuit demanding double pay, arguing that the government’s failure to pay them on time is a violation of labor laws.
The five workers, all employed by the Bureau of Prisons and required to work during the shutdown, said their paychecks in early October didn’t include money for Oct. 1 through Oct. 5. The workers said that meant they didn’t earn the minimum wage for their work, and they also weren’t paid overtime — both of which are labor violations.
“The minimum wage applicable to essential employees is $7.25 per hour, or $290 for a 40-hour week,” the workers said in their lawsuit, filed in federal claims court late last month. “Many essential employees were paid less than $290 for work performed during the week.”
I actually agree fully with these workers. If they worked, they should have been paid on time. Same goes for any other federal employee who was deemed “essential” during the shutdown.
Not only do they have to endure the insult that “non-essential” employees were essentially given a 2-1/2 week paid vacation (that wasn’t charged against their annual leave accounts), they had to work without getting paid during that time.
And that just isn’t right. If you work, you should get paid. On time.