County detention officers suing for $8M in back overtime pay

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PHOENIX -- Detention officers with the Maricopa County Sheriff's officers are suing for millions of dollars in back overtime pay.

Filed by two detention officers, both of whom hold positions in the Maricopa County Association of Detention Officers, the class-action names the county as defendant and seeks $8 million. Those behind the suit say as many as 2,000 employees are entitled to back overtime pay.

At issue, the detention officers said they were required to attend briefings that took place before their workdays officially began, but were not paid for that time.

MCSO is already under investigation regarding possible mismanagement of overtime for its employees. That goes back to 2007 and involves thousands of unpaid overtime hours.

Neither MCSO nor the County Attorney's Office have commented on the situation, referring all questions instead to private attorneys hired to handle the case.

The county has 20 days to file a response to the lawsuit.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.