CA Fire District Settles FLSA Regular Rate Lawsuit with Firefighters

The Borrego Springs Fire Protection District (District) has reached a settlement with twenty-five firefighters following an FLSA lawsuit filed in May 2020. The firefighters claimed the District failed to include money paid directly to firefighters in lieu of employer sponsored medical benefits, paramedic certification, and holiday in lieu pay in their regular rate of pay.

The terms of the settlement require the District to pay a total of $100,000 to a total of twenty-five firefighters. Individual firefighters will collect between $17,316 and $109 depending on the number of overtime hours worked during the time in question. Additionally, the city will pay the firefighters’ attorneys a total of $35,000 in fees and costs.

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Here is copy of the court order granting the settlement approval.

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