A New York law firm that has been suing the U.S. Postal Service regarding overtime pay has hired Covington & Burling to lobby on the issue in Congress.
Osborn Law hired two Covington lobbyists effective Sept. 23, according to registration papers filed this week. Holly Fechner, of counsel at Covington, and Muftiah McCartin, a special counsel, are listed on the registration.
The dispute regarding overtime pay for postal inspectors has waged for at least two decades. In 2003, two inspectors filed a proposed class action in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California alleging that they were improperly classified as administrative employees and, therefore, ineligible to receive overtime pay. The case is ongoing, and Osborn Law represents the plaintiffs.
In May, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) introduced legislation that would treat postal inspectors the same way federal criminal investigators are treated. So far, Osborn Law is the only entity to register to lobby on the bill, H.R. 5368.
Fechner, a former policy director for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), did not immediately return a call requesting comment.