October 10, 2008

State Government Workers May Qualify for Settlement

By From staff and wire reports

Nov. 1 is the deadline for current and former state government employees to file claims for monetary damages they may be owed under a class-action settlement with the state.

On Aug. 18, Indiana officials agreed to pay an $8.5 million settlement to resolve a long running equal-pay lawsuit. From 1973 to 1993, some state employees who were required to work 40 hours per week received the same pay as other state workers in similar jobs who only had to work 37.5 hours per week, according to a news release.

Although the inconsistent hours policy ended in 1993, some employees who worked at the Richmond State Hospital contended they were incorrectly paid and filed a class-action lawsuit, which was litigated for 15 years.

The state settled it on the eve of the trial on Aug. 18, agreeing to compensate any state employee who was underpaid by 2.5 hours per week during that 20-year time frame.

An estimated 15,000 current and former employees from various departments of state government - not just the state hospitals - who worked between 1973 and 1993 may be eligible for monetary damages under the class-action settlement, according to published reports.

Deadline to file

a claim is Nov. 1

To file a claim, state employees must log on to the Web site www.hour

sofworksettlement.com and download a claim form that must be mailed in.

Instructions are on the site. The deadline is Nov. 1.

Employees who object to the class-action settlement can go to the same Web site and download an objection form, but the deadline for that is Oct. 17. State employees with questions can call toll-free at (800) 918-9012 or send an email to [email protected]


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