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Lawrence agrees to pay nearly $1M in back overtime

Lawrence Police
Posted at 9:46 PM, Mar 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-13 22:46:21-05

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Lawrence officials have agreed to pay nearly $1 million in back overtime to dozens of firefighter captains, police sergeants and other city employees.

The city said in a news release Friday that the city determined it had mistakenly misclassified some jobs as not eligible for overtime when they actually were.

The Lawrence Journal-World reported that the back payments will be made next month.

The issue goes back to summer 2019, when captains from Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical requested a formal review of their status as exempt from overtime, thinking the city might have overlooked a change in federal standards. The city also conducted its own review.

The back pay will go to 21 fire captains, 24 police sergeants and three city planners.