A group of federal employees who worked without pay during the partial government shutdown last month are suing over alleged damages, claiming violations of federal labor law.
The lawsuit accuses the government of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying employees who worked during the shutdown on their normal pay schedule. Even if they were paid later on, the plaintiffs allege, the government still owes them additional damages under federal law.
The federal workers filed suit Oct. 24 in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. On Nov. 1, Judge Susan Braden put the case on hold, asking the U.S. Department of Justice to provide information on proposed legislation in Congress dealing with back-pay for federal workers. The case was reassigned to Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith.