Battle Creek to hire outside counsel in case over back wages

Oct 16, 2013
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Current and former firefighters filed suit earlier this month

Battle Creek will hire outside counsel to help defend itself in a lawsuit stemming from alleged improper overtime pay for firefighters. City commissioners voted 8-1 at their regular meeting Tuesday to hire the services of Varnum, a law firm with offices in Detroit and Grand Rapids, after 65 former and current firefighters sued the city claiming it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Michigan Minimum Wage Law of 1964 and contract law.

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