Metro Agrees to Settlement in Sheriff’s Office Overtime pay Dispute

Despite handling overtime wage cases in Tennessee and through out the country it can still be surprised by people that violate the law. In one recent case, the Metro government has reached a settlement with a former Davidson County Sheriff’s Office official who was terminated after raising questions about why some employees weren’t properly paid for working overtime. The settlement of $37,500 is awarded to Jeanette Porter, a former assistant director of the office’s human resources division.

According to the settlement, Porter in December of 2010, reported to her direct supervisor and others that some Sheriff’s Office employees had failed to receive their overtime pay. At that time no action was taken by any Sheriff’s Office employee, including Porter, to pay the owed overtime, although the problem was addressed later. Then in July of 2012, Porter tried to report the information to attorneys. Following this, the Sheriff’s Office then “began investigating Porter’s conduct”. Porter was later terminated.

The settlement will go before the Metro Council for approval Tuesday, December 3, 2012. The settlement will raise questions about how the city handles overtime and could play a role in a lawsuit over Sheriff’s Office overtime that is pending in federal court.

Cases just like this one happen to hard working employees all across the country and even right here to Tennessee employees. If you or someone you know has worked overtime hours but failed to receive your proper overtime pay, we encourage you to contact one of our compassionate and experienced Tennessee employment overtime pay attorneys as soon as possible. We care about our clients and will work with you to see to it that you get the compensation that is rightfully yours.

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Jim Higgins, founder of the Higgins Firm, is a seasoned personal injury attorney with deep roots in Nashville, Tennessee. A 4th generation Nashvillian, Jim carries on the legal legacy of his father, a judge for over 30 years. After graduating from the University of Memphis School of Law, Jim’s career began on the other side of the courtroom, defending insurance companies and learning their tactics for minimizing settlements. However, he soon realized his true calling was fighting for the rights of the injured, and for the past several years, he has exclusively represented plaintiffs in personal injury cases.

Since then, his dedication and skill have earned him membership in the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization limited to attorneys who have secured million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients. Licensed to practice in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia, Jim focuses on personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, and workers’ compensation cases. His exceptional work has been recognized by his peers, earning him a spot on the Super Lawyers list from 2021 to 2024, a distinction awarded to only a select group of accomplished attorneys in each state.

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