NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (PRWEB) March 8, 2007
The Notices of Collective Action and Consent to Join forms were mailed today to current and former Police Officers, Sergeants, Detectives and Lieutenants, who worked at least one shift between May 23, 2003 and the present. The deadline for an Officer to return the Consent to Join form is June 5, 2007, ninety (90) days from today. If an eligible Officer fails to timely return the Consent to Join form, they will not be able to join the lawsuit.
The Alaniz lawsuit asserts that the Los Angeles Police Department ("LAPD") required the Officers to work before and after their regular shifts, through "Code 7" meal periods, and at home for the benefit of the LAPD without compensation in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). The required activities include performing pre- and post-shift responsibilities; preparing for court appearances; completing arrest and investigation reports; the donning and doffing of protective gear; and performing various other required tasks. The suit asserts that the LAPD Officers have regularly worked overtime without compensation and that the department's supervisors were aware of such practices. The Alaniz lawsuit seeks compensation for LAPD Officers holding the rank of Lieutenant and below for all work performed before and after the Officers' regularly scheduled shifts, interrupted rest periods and other activities that are routinely not compensated.
Castle, Petersen & Krause, LLP brought the Alaniz lawsuit to United States District Court, Central District of California on behalf of the representative Plaintiff and all other Officers similarly situated and is being assisted by the Law Offices of Herbert Hafif as co-counsel.
The Alaniz case is one of a number of FLSA Collective Action lawsuits filed by Castle, Petersen & Krause against the City of Los Angeles. The Nolan, et al. v. City of Los Angeles lawsuit involves similar claims by 36 police Lieutenants, Sergeants and Detectives against the City of Los Angeles for unpaid compensation under federal law for regular and overtime hours worked performing pre-shift and post-shift activities and missed meal periods. The Nolan suit asserts that the 36 Officers have regularly worked overtime without compensation; that the LAPD has an "unwritten policy" discouraging the reporting of overtime work for less than an hour's time; and that the department's supervisors were aware of such practices. The Batts, et al. v. City of Los Angeles lawsuit seeks redress for retaliatory actions imposed by the City of Los Angeles and other named defendants against members of the Alaniz and Nolan lawsuits. The retaliation alleged in the Batts Complaint includes Officers being passed over for promotions, subjected to administrative transfers, intimidation and bad ratings reviews. The Plaintiffs brought the lawsuit to halt further retaliation and remedy passed damages.
The Law Offices of Herbert Hafif also serves as co-counsel in the Nolan, et al. v. City of Los Angeles lawsuit and Reed v. County of Orange, a similar FLSA overtime lawsuit filed on behalf of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs.
About Castle, Petersen & Krause, LLP
The law firm of Castle, Petersen & Krause, LLP specializes in litigating labor and employment law and business law matters. The firm's areas of focus within labor and employment include civil rights, labor relations, contract negotiations, disciplinary actions, FLSA, California labor law, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour issues, and wrongful termination. Castle, Petersen & Krause, LLP has a near 30-year history of representing public and private industry employees and their associations in contract negotiations, disciplinary actions, civil rights claims, and class action lawsuits related to wage and hours matters. The firm also has a history of success in recovering overtime wages from public and private employers through FLSA class action litigation, including recent cases against the City of Los Angeles, numerous other public entities and companies in the hospitality and fitness industries. Additionally, Castle, Petersen & Krause, LLP provides its clients counsel in the areas of construction defect, intellectual property, product liability and first and third party insurance litigation, as well as personal injury claims. Castle, Petersen & Krause, LLP is headquartered in Newport Beach, California. More information on Castle, Petersen & Krause, LLP can be found at http://www.cpk-law.com.
About the Law Offices of Herbert Hafif
The Law Offices of Herbert Hafif, located in Claremont, California and established in 1956, is comprised of plaintiff civil contingency litigation lawyers who are nationally recognized and highly regarded at the local level. Areas of practice include personal injury, class action, business and commercial litigation, insurance bad faith, breach of contract, product liability, wrongful termination and medical malpractice cases. More information on the Law Offices of Herbert Hafif can be found at http://www.hafif.com.