Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monterey Board Votes To Settle Lawsuit
The Monterey Board of Mayor and Alderman voted this week to allocate $50,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former police officer, who claimed that he was owed thousands of dollars in overtime pay. City attorney Mike O'Mara advised the board to accept the settlement, saying that he felt certain they would lose the lawsuit if it went to trial because -- under the Fair Labor Standards Act -- an employee working two jobs for the same employer -- is entitled to overtime. Former Monterey police officer Jackie McQuiston, who voluntarily left the force earlier this year, had also worked several hours a week as the city's animal control officer for a period of about three years.