Federal Employees Who Worked During 2013 Government Shutdown May Receive More Pay

The government could soon find itself on the hook for millions of dollars in damages owed to federal employees who went without pay during last year's government shutdown.

A group of federal employees filed a lawsuit late last year alleging the government violated the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act by delaying pay for employees who remained on the job during last October's 16-day shutdown. The suit asks for exempted employees - those who remained on the job but had their pay delayed until the government reopened - to be reimbursed at a rate of $7.25 per hour times the number of hours they worked between Oct. 1-5, as well as any overtime.

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