More than 2,500 NYC emergency medical technicians ( EMTs ) and paramedics have been awarded a hefty sum of owed wages by the city. Not only were they awarded just over $7.2 million for unpaid overtime but a federal court recently approved an order granting them an additional $7.2 million in liquidated damages doubling the amount owed to them under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
This result came about after three-week trial in which plaintiffs proved EMTs consistently completed work before and after their shifts that totaled over 40 hours per week that went unpaid by the city. Their unpaid overtime tasks included packing and restocking their bags and exchanging narcotics with other co-workers in accordance with policy. An eight-member jury ruled unanimously in favor of the EMTs noting that the city willfully violated the FLSA. Due to the verdict of “willful violation under the FLSA” the city wasn’t able to avoid having to pay liquidated damages and the judge granted the EMTs submitted motion requesting an additional $7,238,513.00 in liquidated damages.
Affected employees include 2,519 current and former EMTs, paramedics and fire safety inspectors that rank below lieutenants that worked for the New York City Fire Department. This is a huge win for the hardworking men and women who meticulously care for our well-being. Often times companies or agencies overlook the time it takes to prepare and organize before and after shifts to ensure a safe smooth transition between shifts. If you have any concerns about being paid properly at work or if you may be owed wages contact one of our experienced employment lawyers at Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP for a free and confidential phone consultation. We can be reached at (212) 300-0375 or via our website that also includes additional information regarding your rights.