The City of New York finds itself as the defendant in a lawsuit filed by two current parks and recreation employees who allege they’re owed unpaid wages as a result of the city’s policy of delaying payment of time-and-a-half overtime wages until later paychecks.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, District 37 NYC Motor Vehicle Operators Local 983. The lawsuit says the plaintiffs and similarly situated New York City Department of Parks and Recreation employees often work more than 40 hours per week yet are subject to a policy whereby their overtime wages are routinely delayed and issued “weeks after the pay period concludes rather than immediately after the work was performed.” This practice, the suit continues, is reflected in the workers’ paystubs, which include sections denoting “AMT. EARNED THIS PERIOD” and “AMT. EARNED PRIOR PERIOD.”