Jury Rules Metro Government Underpaid Correction Officers

Posted at 12:51 PM, Aug 14, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal jury ruled in favor of hundreds of jail employees who say they have been underpaid by Metro Nashville government.

The jury said Tuesday the city benefited or was "unjustly enriched" when it paid correction officers an annual salary divided by their hours worked, resulting in less than the hourly wage listed.

More than 850 current and past Davidson County Sheriff's Office correction officers sued Metro government over $7.04 million in back wages they say they're owed, dating back to 2006.

Attorney David Garrison said the officers were receiving lower hourly rates than they're being told they're getting paid.

Metro Director of Law Saul Soloman said the intent of the pay plan was clear, and that correction officers were paid what they should have been.

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