Battle Creek settles with firefighters for $1.5M

Associated Press

Battle Creek — The city of Battle Creek says it will pay $1.5 million to former and current firefighters to settle an overtime pay dispute.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports the settlement comes after 70 firefighters filed a lawsuit in October 2013. They sought about $1 million following a U.S. Labor Department investigation into unpaid overtime. The firefighters say they weren’t properly paid for overtime because the city rounded their hours down.

The city denies that it violated wage laws. It will pay $1.17 million to firefighters. Most of the settlement covers damages, while $585,000 is for wages. Battle Creek will also pay about $330,000 in attorney fees.

The Labor Department said the city was liable to pay only about $73,000. Ten firefighters decided to accept their checks and not sue.