DCS Workers Complain Of Overtime Without Pay
September 25, 2014 — The Associated Press and Lakeshore Public Media — Two Indiana Department of Child Services investigators say in a lawsuit that they’ve had to work extensive overtime without receiving required overtime pay.
The lawsuit filed by Arlene Nunez and Veronica Martinez says they often worked outside of regular office hours responding to emergencies and were forced to work through their lunch hours. Court documents obtained by Lakeshore Public Radio state that when the women complained to supervisors about having to work during their lunch breaks, they were told “Don’t even bring it up.”
Attorney Adam Sedia represents the women and says the child protection agency should be held to the same standards as other employers.
The Indianapolis Star reports that the women are family case managers at the agency’s office in Gary and filed their lawsuit in federal court in Hammond.
DCS spokesman James Wide says he cannot comment on pending litigation.