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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