School Lawsuits

Nearly half of Alabama's 128 school systems face lawsuits filed by employees who claim they haven't been paid overtime due them, according to a report in Tuesday’s Birmingham News.

The lawsuits, filed since June in the state's three federal courts, accuse school officials of violating the fair labor standards act by not paying time and a half for each hour worked over 40 hours per week.

Teachers and administrators are exempt from the law, but support staff such as cafeteria workers, bus drivers, secretaries and janitors are eligible for overtime.

Employees must claim unpaid overtime within two years.