Court Tentatively OK’s Navy Wage Settlement

     (CN) – The U.S. Court of Federal Claims granted preliminary approval of the government’s agreement to pay more than $58,000 to Navy health-care workers who claimed they were stiffed on premium pay for night shifts.




     A class of civilian Navy employees who worked in hospitals and other health-care centers filed suit in 2004, claiming they were entitled to premium pay for their night work.
     In August the parties asked the claims court to approve a deal in which the government agreed to pay about $58,350 to 354 Navy employees.
     The court called the settlement “fair.”
     “The settlement is the result of extensive, arms-length negotiations between counsel experienced in class action litigation,” Judge Francis Allegra wrote. “It was reached only after plaintiffs had sufficient discovery to determine that the benefits of the settlement outweighed the cost of continued litigation.”
     Allegra added that the payouts were “calculated in a uniform fashion,” the money was divided fairly among class members, and there were “no deficiencies apparent in the settlement agreement.”
     Robert Brownlie of DLA Piper represented the plaintiff class; Reginald Blades of the Justice Department represented the government.

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