Today, the federal court ruled in favor of the police officers in the Beck vs. City of Cleveland case. This case involved compensatory time. The Cleveland Police Department had a policy of denying comp time requests if it would require paying overtime for a replacement officer. Involved were years 1997 through 2007. The judge issued a summary judgment for years 1997 through 2003 and sent the remaining years to trial. The effect of this ruling is that simply having to pay overtime is not in itself an undue financial burden on the city. The City of Cleveland will be allowed to argue at trial that other financial restraints kept it from paying overtime for years 2004 through 2007.
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Posted by: Ron York