Government Shutdown

Fighting for Essential Employees

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  • M&S Team

Practice Areas

  • Employment
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Case Summary

During the October 2013 government shutdown, the United States failed to pay essential non-exempt employees minimum wage and overtime compensation when due. We brought claims under the FLSA on behalf of those Government employees. In July 2014, Chief Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims held that the government violated the FLSA by paying minimum and overtime wages even one pay period late.

Since then, the case has been conditionally certified as a collective action and notice has been sent to the hundreds of thousands of federal employees affected by the case. Subsequently, Judge Campbell-Smith ruled that the Government had to pay liquidated damages for this FLSA violation. The parties currently are trying to determine how much each class member is owed. For more information about this case, please visit

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